Striker Shel­ton back to boost Har­bour View

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For­mer na­tional striker Lu­ton Shel­ton’s is back at Har­bour View FC and this has boosted the morale of the team af­ter a slow start in the Red Stripe Premier League 2016-17 sea­son.

Shel­ton, who pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented the Stars of the East from 2003-06, be­fore mov­ing over­seas on a con­tract, re­turned home four weeks ago and was in­cluded in the squad. He was ex­pected to play against Mon­tego Bay United two weeks ago, but picked up a groin in­jury and was side­lined.

He is in the re­cov­ery mode and could play early next month.

The 30-year-old Shel­ton is also ex­pected to turn around the for­tunes of Har­bour View. Bernard, who coached Shel­ton as a pre-teen and teenager, says that his pres­ence in train­ing is a mo­ti­va­tional fac­tor for his strug­gling team.

“Since he (Shel­ton) has been back, the con­fi­dence in the team has stepped up. He looked good in train­ing but re­ceived a groin in­jury. How­ever, he should be back in about two weeks,” Bernard told STAR Sports on Thurs­day.

RECORD GOALSCORER

Shel­ton, who is Ja­maica’s record goalscorer on 35 goals from 75 ap­pear­ances, last rep­re­sented the is­land three years ago. He is out of con­tract and is ex­pected to re­main here un­til the next in­ter­na­tional trans­fer win­dow opens in Jan­uary.

Bernard also re­vealed that key play­ers such as Hugh Evans, cap­tain John-Ross Ed­wards, and Ni­cholas Beck­ett are now play­ing af­ter miss­ing pre­sea­son train­ing dur­ing the sum­mer.

With re­gards to some play­ers who were away, Bernard said: “We had to ap­ply some sanc­tions to play­ers who were un­avail­able in pre­sea­son. We don’t wish to iden­tify them.”

“That is be­hind us now, and the team has moved on and look­ing bet­ter. We played against Hum­ble Lion on Thurs­day, and de­spite a 1-1 draw, we played our best game so far this sea­son,” Bernard said.

Lu­ton Shel­ton

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