The Premier Development League may seem far removed from the professional ranks of England, but former Middlesbrough defender Paul Weldon is hoping a change of scenery will lead to new opportunities.
"After having a good talk with Coach Mark Mckeever my mind was made up to play in the PDL,” said Weldon. "I am hoping to be part of a very successful season for Mississippi Brilla and advance to the further stages of the competition.”
Weldon added, “Personally, I am very ambitious, so hopefully this opportunity can help me return to the pro game. I am looking forward to playing football abroad and adapting to the conditions and style of play in America."
The Sunderland, England native spent a total of 13 years with Middlesbrough FC, including 3 years as a professional after he signed in 2010. Weldon played in the U21 Barclay’s Premier League, and was also involved with the first team in the FA Cup. After leaving Middlesbrough, Weldon had a stint with Darlington FC before suffering an injury.
"Paul brings a great amount of experience to the team having been a 2 year scholar and a 3 year pro at Middlesbrough,” said Brilla Head Coach Mark McKeever. "Also, being a left sided player with the ability to play as a left sided center back or full back adds great balance and depth to our squad. I have high expectations of Paul and I am positive with his experience he will be able to fulfill or exceed these expectations.”
Mississippi Brilla FC takes the field in May for its 9th season in the PDL. Buy tickets HERE.