As many of you reading this will be aware of, a few days ago we made the signing of the midfield player, Theo Wharton from Barry Town United. Theo, who is 27 years old has played for several clubs during his career in both Wales and England and is also a current Saint Kitts and Nevis international.
We recently took the opportunity to speak to Theo so that he could provide us, and you our brilliant supporters with some further details regarding his career to date.
Theo was born in Cwmbran and as a youngster played for the Pontypool based side, Race Juniors. He was a member of the team that played in a Tesco Cup Final (a former junior football tournament held for youngsters in the UK) held at the home of Manchester City FC, The City of Manchester Stadium. Without a doubt, Theo was a more than promising young footballer and this caught the attention of Cardiff City. He left the Welsh football giants in his early 20’s which is where Theo picks up the story:
“I joined Cardiff City as a young boy and went on to play a few games for the club in the FA Cup and League Cup. I was at the club for a quite a while but then wanted to get some regular first team experience, so I went out on loan a few times. I left Cardiff in my early 20’s and signed for York City, following my time with York City, I played for several other clubs and for the past few seasons I have spent my time at Barry Town United. With being at Barry, I have played against Newtown several times and I have always thought they were and are a good side, and I am happy to sign for the club”
After hearing about his time playing club football, we then asked Theo about his life as an international player.
“I played for Wales at under 17’s, under 19’s and under 21’s level, I then made the decision at the age of 20 years old to switch to play for Saint Kitts and Nevis. I was given an opportunity that looked amazing, I have travelled around the world and played against some great players and teams. It is something that I really enjoy doing and I was called up to the squad recently. I have played in World Cup qualifiers for my nation which was great and other major highlights include playing against Georgia and Armenia, playing for Armenia that day was Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Playing against players of such a high calibre is always a great test and a real eye opener and to challenge yourself and to also learn from them”
Theo continued – “It makes me very proud to play for Saint Kitts and Nevis and I know that it has made my Father and my Grandparents proud too as Saint Kitts and Nevis is where they were born. It is something that is very special to me, to represent my family name”
It was really intriguing to hear about Theo’s time playing international football and we wish him well for his future games playing for Saint Kitts and Nevis. We then went on to talk about how he came to sign for Newtown.
“As I previously mentioned, I have played against Newtown in the past and it has always been a difficult game. So, when I received the interest, it was something that I wanted to explore, and after speaking to the manager, Chris Hughes, which was a very positive conversation, it was something that I really wanted to be a part of. The club had a brilliant 2021/2022 season and with qualifying for Europe, it was something I wanted to be a part of. I can’t wait for the season to start and to get going and play as many games as I can, scoring as many goals as possible and creating for others, and to help the team in having another successful season”
The final question we put to Theo was, what were his short- and long-term ambitions that he wants to achieve with the Robins.
“Short- and long-term ambitions are to play as many games as I can, and to affect as many games as I can. We will strive to have another good season and hopefully we can achieve European football for a second successive season”
We thank Theo for taking the time to speak to us and we wish him the best of luck for the forthcoming season.
Interview conducted by Gareth Thomas