Barbican plan to remain in RSPL
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Barbican FC are hopeful that they will have a good debut in the Red Stripe Premier League 2014-15 football season, set to kick off next Sunday.
"Well, my hope is to stay up, that's basically what our aim is at this time," vice-president of Barbican FC, Chris James, told The Gleaner yesterday.
Having qualified after topping the Premier League Confederation play-off in May, Barbican are eagerly awaiting their taste of premier club football.
"After the first three games we will see where we are and what we need to do," the long-serving Barbican administrator added.
Barbican will bow into Premier League action on Sunday, with a clash against last season's beaten finalists Waterhouse at a venue to be named. It will be Barbican's home game, but because their playing field is not yet ready, they will play at a neutral venue.
"We are currently in dialogue with the University of the West Indies for a home venue until the Barbican playing field is ready next month. It doesn't seem to be a problem," James disclosed.
With regards to money to fund the team for the season, James pointed out that sponsorship has been slow.
"People are slow to get on board. Apart from Member of Parliament Delroy Chuck, there is no significant sponsor. I hope that with good performances from the team, people will gradually come on board," the Barbican FC executive member stated.
"We have started behind the eighth ball as we are new. However, other clubs are also in money problems," he emphasised.
"Our playing field is being resurfaced, and at the moment, three-quarters of the field is fully grassed. The changing room and perimeter fencing will also be ready soon," James added.
Meanwhile, Barbican have brought in former Waterhouse coach, Junior Francis, to be in charge. Denton Shedden is the assistant coach.
Following talks, Waterhouse have sent Kimorley Brissett, Ricardo Henry, Steven Broderick and Omar Walcott on loan to Barbican. The East St Andrew-based club has also signed veteran Steve Green.
As part of the loan agreement with Waterhouse, the players on loan cannot play against their parent club.
"Well, I am trying to take away the Super League mentality from the team. We have decided to develop the players. We have a good crop of young players, and we also have Steve Green," Francis disclosed.
"Green, a Premier League veteran, has been running harder than most of the youth in training. I am shocked at how he is running. He wants to play, and I admire his attitude. In training, he is guiding the youngsters," he said.
"The first objective is to avoid relegation. But I believe that as long as the players follow instruction and we settle down, we can challenge any team. We could also vie for the title," Francis added.
"We may not have any name-brand player, but we have quality players in the group," he concluded.