26/06/2018 – The Trinidad Guardian. / T&T winger Joevin Jones left for Germany yesterday to begin pre-season training with his German Bundesliga II club SV Darmstadt 98 following a short off-season stay at home.
He will be anticipating the start of his first full season with the club which finished 10th in the league earlier this year. Jones, who hails from Carnage, joined the team in January last year.
“My first half a season you could say was quite good in Germany,” Jones said, adding “Coming away with four goals and two assists was pretty decent and I will now be looking to better that in the new season ahead. My goal as of now is to have a successful pre-season, stay fit and healthy and just be ready for the new season,” Jones added.
With the World Cup in full swing, the former Seattle Sounders man said his desire for international football remains at a high and he is already thinking about the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League.
“I think we dropped off a bit but I am really excited to be back on the international stage with my country again hopefully later this year. I always want to do my best for T&T and now that we are into the Gold Cup next year, that is our next big stage to look forward to,” Jones said.
“So it will be a good period to get ourselves going again and hopefully we can get in a good preparation and go onto perform just as well as the past two Gold Cups or even better this time around.”
As for the World Cup, Jones made it clear who his favourites for the title are. “I’m backing Portugal. That’s my team. I like how they are fighting as a unit so far and of course they have the main man (Ronaldo) to do something special for them,” Jones added.
Jones, age 26, has eight goals in 69 appearances for T&T.