It was a proud moment for attacker Curtis Hutson when he received his call up to the Barbados Football Association’s senior men’s team to represent his second home.
“It’s been a struggle getting my citizenship and everything, but it’s finally come through so to get the call-up, any footballer can’t ask for any more than the pride of representing their country, so it was a blessing really,” he said shortly before arriving on Barbadian soil.
His late father, David Hutson, was Barbadian, and the winger, who hails from Wales, said he got the call just over a week ago at the beginning of the month inviting him to be a part of the training camp ahead of the Concacaf Gold Cup.
“I’ve been watching the boys in the World Cup Qualifying games to see how everything is going and I am just excited to be a part of it now and give everything I’ve got. All of the boys are very good talent and good quality players and all of the boys look like they’ve got a lot of cohesiveness,” he said.
The 26-year-old said he believed he would fit right in, as he was often in contact with Captain Rashad Jules and Ricardio Morris.
“The general feeling is there is a togetherness and what the coach is trying to do is make the team improve and everything is going in the right direction. It’s been enjoyable watching the boys. I watch the boys play and I want to be a part of it as well. I always feel I will better the next day I train or the next day I play because footballers are ambitious people, and we never feel like we’re just in our prime. We always feel like we can get better,” he said excitedly.
Hutson is a versatile player with a varied history but prefers to play on the wing, having started the sport at a young age at Everton. He has played academy football for Cardiff City before moving onto Norfolk County and has been on a few trials including Australia. Last season he played in the Welch Premier League, had the opportunity to play in the Europa League, and recently signed with Redditch United, a Southern League Premier Division Central Club, from Barry Town.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience in different types of football from different countries. I’ve learned how to play football technically, to be a bit of a fighter and a bit of a grafter, so I think I am quite well rounded,” he said.
Hutson is currently in quarantine and is set to join the team next week.