Twenty-six year old Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau will spend the rest of 2017 in Kazakhstan after signing off on a six-month loan move to Kairat Almaty in the Kazakh Premier League.
Bateau, a former San Juan Jabloteh player and Fatima College schoolboy, is on loan from Krylia Sovetov Samara who were relegated from the Russia top flight last season.
And the Soca Warriors defender told the TTFA Media that he was excited about the move and looks forward to meeting his new teammate Andrey Arshavin, a former Arsenal standout and Russia international.
Kairat compete in the Europa League qualifying rounds on Thursday although Bateau was not registered in time to compete.
“I’m obviously happy to make this move,” said Bateau. “Kairat is a very good team with big ambitions for Europe and I’m excited to start training and playing with the guys.
“Unfortunately I can’t play in the first rounds of the European League qualifications but I have no doubt that we’ll make it to the second round so I’m patiently waiting to make my debut.
“It’s another step in my career and I’m happy to be playing alongside a player like Arshavin.”
Kairat are Bateau’s third European employers. The versatile defender, a two-time FIFA World Youth Cup player, joined KV Mechelen in 2012 and spent three seasons in Belgium before moving to Russia with Krylia Sovetov for two seasons—first on loan and then permanently.
Now, he will seek his fortune in Kazakhstan.
“To me this is a positive step and I will be pushing myself to be a fixture into the starting team,” said Bateau, “and also keeping myself ready for the next set of qualifiers in September which hopefully I will be part of the squad for.”