By Daniel Rogers
It seems that Toric Robinson couldn't get enough.
After departing from NPSL side Lehigh Valley United Sonic at the end of the 2011 season, the club recently announced he will make his triumphant return.
Robinson said he never doubted that someday he would return to the club.
"I have always told Coach (Dave Weitzman) that I would return to the Sonic because I love the fans and the atmosphere," Robinson said. "The team is very good and have the potential to do great things and I want to help them achieve this."
Robinson was part of a Sonic team that, in 2011, went 9-1-1.
After his time in Allentown, Pa., Robinson would move to the USL PRO League and join the Dayton Dutch Lions.
He would also play for Trinidadian club Antigua Barracudas as part of the USL before
making the return to the Sonic.
Robinson said his time away from the team has helped him grow immensely as a player.
"After spending the last two seasons in the USL and in the Caribbean, I have learned a lot and my game has developed from when I was in the NPSL," Robinson said. "Overall, I expect the league to still be competitive with all these new teams entering. The season I spent with the Sonic I did not win the league, so I expect that to be different this time around. Coach Weitzman and the guys are hungry for success after missing out last year."
Weitzman is excited to have Robinson back with the team.
"Toric is one of the best players to ever put on the Sonic jersey. In 2011, he was the consummate teammate and his intense work ethic and desire to win was contagious. Not only was Toric a pleasure to coach but he is a true professional in every way. It's fantastic knowing how much (the) Sonic has meant to him and that he's ready to help us in our attempt to return to the NPSL Championship. (General Manager) Matt (McTish) and I are very pleased to bring Toric back and I know our supporters will be delighted."
After having spent time in the pros, the 28-year-old Jamaican isn't worried about individual successes this season, and just wants to help the team.
"Returing to the Sonic is an exciting moment in my career," Robinson said. "This is where I was before I got a pro contract. This organization is run in the right manner and I encourage any young players who are looking to make the next step up, Sonic is the place to be. To answer your question, if we have a successful season then the spotlight will be on the team and ma be I can get another pro contract. Who knows really, but I am excited to start this new project with the Sonic."
Photo Credit: Jeff Phillips/ESU Athletics
Photo Credit: USL/Dayton Dutch Lions FC