Sigma FC's Manjrekar James is on an extended training period with Germany's SC Paderborn of the Bundesliga 2.

James, 18, a member of the Canadian under-20 team pool, went to the German side to train directly with their first team for a 10 day period.

According to Sigma FC technical director Bobby Smyrniotis, SC Paderborn was in need of central defenders and decided that it would be best for the team to see how James fared against their top players.

"It's a good opportunity," said Smyrniotis. "Manjrekar is a quality player. He has shown it already in Spain with FC Mallorca, but he couldn't get his visa situation sorted out. He's getting a good shot, in a good country [Germany], where Canadians have had success in the past." With this said an 18 year old cracking the 1st team squad in such a challenging competition is a very difficult proposition. "Most of all Manjrekar is there to gain vital experience at that level of play and to get a taste of first team football in such an environment. From there we will see what the club officials have to say. He will also be travelling to a few other clubs in Europe in this time period."

James is a 6-foot-4 defender from North York, who came to train with Sigma as a 16 year old, and plays with the senior (OSL) team at the club. This past December he took part in a U20 National team camp in Florida under new coach Nick Dasovic.

"I just know that he needs to get into a senior pro system, grow and develop within it, and his development will be rapid," added Smyrniotis.