Price calls for lo­cal sum­mer foot­ball league

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

VET­ERAN COACH of Boys’ Town FC An­drew Price has urged cor­po­rate Ja­maica to as­sist with a ‘Sum­mer League’ to help keep top play­ers in Ja­maica dur­ing the Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL) off­sea­son.

Price said that when play­ers travel to the United States of Amer­ica to par­tic­i­pate in sum­mer games there, it is not help­ing lo­cal foot­ball.

“We, like other lo­cal clubs, have play­ers who go over­seas dur­ing pre­sea­son. We have to look at how best we can keep the play­ers here for pre­sea­son. It is some­thing that the PLCA (Pre­mier League Clubs As­so­ci­a­tion) can look into,” the for­mer PLCA gen­eral man­ager said dur­ing the RSPL’s weekly press con­fer­ence at Red Stripe yes­ter­day.

“The play­ers go away to earn, so lo­cal clubs have to find ways to give them a stipend so that they can re­main here and par­tic­i­pate in pre­sea­son train­ing,” he added.

“It is some­thing that needs a lot of dis­cus­sion. The clubs can’t af­ford to keep the play­ers here, so they go to the US just to play for ad­di­tional in­come. This is some­thing that has been go­ing on for years, but when play­ers come back they are not in a con­di­tion to play im­me­di­ately. They have to start pre­sea­son late, and this af­fects most clubs,” Price ex­plained

“We have to en­gage them in a sum­mer league. How­ever, this means the pri­vate sec­tor has to get in­volved. It is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, but we have to find a so­lu­tion,” he said. Boys’ Town’s coach An­drew Price.

Boys’ Town are yet to score a point af­ter four games, and Price says that his se­nior play­ers came back three weeks ago and are in train­ing.

“They have been train­ing for the past three weeks and are blend­ing with the young play­ers for a good com­bi­na­tion. We need se­nior play­ers to stay here, but we can’t force them as they have to look out for their fam­i­lies. We are ask­ing for cor­po­rate sup­port,” Price added.

Pat Garel, who took over from Price as PLCA gen­eral man­ager, is in full sup­port of this sug­ges­tion.

“We have to sit down and find ways to solve the prob­lem as it is Pat Garel

af­fect­ing the league,” Garel pointed out.

Four of the se­nior Boys’ Town play­ers who went to the United States for the sum­mer are Daemion Ben­jamin, As­rick Sa­muels, Garfield Gille­spie and Wayne El­lis.

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