Bermuda’s National Captain Leverock Returns to Play for Robin Hood

FRISCO, TEXAS - JUNE 20: Mayron George #11 of Costa Rica controls the ball against Dante Leverock #16 of Bermuda during the second half of the Costa Rica v Bermuda: Group B - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Toyota Stadium on June 20, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Bermuda captain Danté Leverock is set to rejoin to join his former domestic club Robin Hood after contemplating quitting the game earlier in the year because of what he termed racial discrimination during a turbulent, brief spell in Poland.

Leverock, a towering six-foot four-inch defender, severed ties with Polish second-tier club Radomiak Radom in February and has spent the summer on island training with Hood, whose coach John Barry Nusum is unable to include Leverock in the first team yet as the club is still awaiting international clearance to rubber-stamp the transfer.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s a Hood player for this season and that’s certainly a massive boost for the club,” said Nusum.

“We are waiting on Danté’s release to come through so we can register him. We put all the relevant forms in back in July but for some reason along the way it hasn’t come through as it should have.

“It’s a case of having to wait on the international clearance to come through but he’s been training with us all summer and the registration forms are in so there’s nothing anyone can do but wait.”

The return of 28-year-old Leverock is a major coup for the club as they gain not only a player familiar with Robin Hood and Bermuda’s Premier Division, but one who brings a wealth of overseas experience with him having played for Estonian outfit Narva Trans and Irish side Sligo Rovers following an earlier spell with English semi-professional side Ilkeston.

“I’m definitely looking forward to having him back with us. He played for the club a few years back and him being a part of the squad again is a big positive for us,” Nusum added.

“Not only is he a really good player but he’s a brilliant character to have at the club as well, we’re delighted to have him.”

Meanwhile, Bermuda will have to wait until March to start their 2020 World Cup qualifiers after further delays to the regional football competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bermuda was set to take on Canada away on October 8, Aruba at home on October 13, Suriname away on November 13 before their final group match against the Cayman Islands at home on November 17.

However, FIFA and CONCACAF announced this week that international dates scheduled for next month and November involving teams in the region were too soon in the current climate.

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