Henry pleased with new H’View role

The Star (Jamaica) - - Sports The Weekend Star - KAVARLY ARNOLD STAR Writer

Ja­son Henry, a new phys­i­cal trainer at Red Stripe Premier League out­fit Har­bour View FC, is ex­cited about the fu­ture as he says he has been hav­ing a good year.

He will be work­ing along­side tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Lud­low Bernard, as he did dur­ing Kingston Col­lege’s suc­cess­ful run to the ISSA/Dig­i­cel Man­ning Cup ti­tle late last year.

Henry, who said he “couldn’t ask for a bet­ter year,” was also a part of the tech­ni­cal set-up for the na­tional se­nior women’s foot­ball team’s his­toric FIFA Women’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, as well as part of the na­tional un­der-20 male team.

“I must say God has been great to me,” he said. “It was a great 2018 sea­son, and to start the 2019 sea­son as the new phys­i­cal trainer for Har­bour View is a big plus. This also shows that my work is be­ing no­ticed. Ev­ery­one knows that Har­bour View is a top club in the coun­try, so it’s a priv­i­lege work­ing with them in get­ting the best out of the play­ers.”

Har­bour View is good at send­ing play­ers over­seas, so it would be a good base for me to make sure that any player who leaves is in good con­di­tion­ing,” he added.

The 27-year-old trainer, who is thank­ful for his jour­ney, is hop­ing to make an im­pact in Har­bour View get­ting up the ta­ble and go­ing all the way.

“I will put my foot down and en­sure that Har­bour View come back on top. I’m try­ing to get them re­ally sharp and up to speed for the rest of the sea­son,” he said.

“I was re­ally in­tro­duced to the na­tional pro­gramme as a masseuse through (coach) Davion Fer­gu­son and (for­mer na­tional tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor) Vin Blaine. How­ever, I was in­tro­duced to the women’s pro­gramme by (for­mer head coach) Xavier Gil­bert, and from there my phys­i­cal trainer life changed when I met (cur­rent head coach) Hue Men­zies. They in­tro­duced me to the best phys­i­cal trainer I ever worked with, Wil Hitzel­berger. We worked to­gether and it bore fruit,” he added.

“I’ve learned a lot from him and now I’m putting it to work, so I have to say nuff thanks to the Reg­gae Girlz staff. They re­ally pushed me and now I’m on my own.”

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

She­mar Nairne (third left) cel­e­brates his goal against UWI FC with Har­bour View team­mates in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the UWI Mona Bowl in St An­drew on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9. The game ended 1-0 in Har­bour View FC’s favour.

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