Ethan Squires is now an MSC Aggie and will be suiting up in Murray State Community College colors come fall 2022.
The 16-year-old has committed to the Oklahoma college, after securing a two-year scholarship through ASM Scholarships to pursue Business Management.
Squires, a former captain of the Queen’s College football team, said it meant a lot to go and play internationally.
“To gain the scholarship meant a lot and hopefully I can put myself out there in the world to show my talent,” he said.
The right-back, who said he started playing at three years old, has only ever played for Kickstart Football Club - (now Kickstart Rush) - and has represented Barbados at both the Under-15 and Under-17 levels.
Squires said not being able to play for the last year and a half as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced football on the island to a screeching halt last year March, had been difficult.
“With the help of my trainer, Daniel Rowe, from Become Elite Academy, we made a plan and worked together three days a week. We did gym sessions, we worked on the field throughout the pandemic, and have just been keeping me in shape before I go off to college," he said.
Squires expressed gratitude to his Kickstart coaches, national coaches, school coaches, and physiotherapists who all contributed to his development.
“I would also like to thank God for helping me through this process, bringing me these 16 years so far, and hopefully my career can continue,” he noted.
Squires added while he was going to miss his parents, Dwayne and Miranda Squires, and younger brother Brandon with the move, but was also excited to go off on his own.
“My parents are happy about it. They feel comfortable about the whole school so they are happy for me. My younger brother is also happy and proud to let me leave. We’re close but I am ready to go off on my own. After my time in the US I intend to go to Europe,” he said.