Central FC captain Darren “Chucky” Mitchell has swapped the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League for the fledgling Philippines Football League, as the bustling midfielder agreed a one year deal with Davao Aguilas FC earlier this week.
Mitchell, who played from the start in Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-0 friendly win over Barbados on 10 March, will be one of four non-Filipino signings at the club in accordance with league rules.
Davao coach Gary Phillips signed two players from his native Australia—goalkeeper Luke McDonald and midfielder Brad McDonald—and is expected to announce their fourth foreign player this week.
The move will leave Central without their captain for the upcoming Caribbean Cup tournament where the “Couva Sharks” will look to secure their third straight regional title to go along three successive Pro League crowns.
Mitchell, who was a free agent, is represented by Australia-based Zenith Sports and Event Management company whose local representative, Sheldon Scipio, is a former paramedic at Central.
He was arguably the Pro League’s most outstanding performer this season and returned his highest goal tally of nine league goals from 18 matches. His outing against Barbados was his third international cap for the Soca Warriors—all in friendly matches.