Williams scores Norway deal
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay United (MBU) striker, Dino Williams, is set to ply his trade in the Norwegian Premier League, a source close to the club told The Gleaner.
The 24-year-old has been one of MBU's main attackers through their historic title winning 2013-14 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign and has reportedly reached a deal with FK Haugesund of Norway's Eliteserien (premier league).
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Dino. He is an excellent player and a proven goalscorer, and we wish him the best of luck in Norway," said one club official, who wished to remain anonymous.
"It is a major piece of development for MBU and really underlines the strategy we have embarked on. This is the direction we had hoped would have resulted from our actions, and we are now beginning to see the fruits of our labour."
Williams, who was on target for MBU in Sunday's RSPL 1-0 win over Cavalier - his fourth goal of the season - will depart for Norway on January 6. His new club, Haugesund, is currently third in the standings.
Williams spent four seasons at Trelawny club, Village United, before moving to Charleston Battery in the USL Pro League. He joined MBU in the 2013-14 season and helped his club lift the RSPL first title. Williams was also a key member of the Green Pond High School daCosta Cup team, when he played several seasons ago.
Three other players are said to be leaving the champions in the January transfer window, including midfielder Jermaine Woozencroft.
The former Rusea's High standout will be trekking off to participate in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Player Combine, where he is hoping to impress one of the 20 MLS clubs.
The two other players, whose names are being withheld as negotiations are at a delicate phase, according to The Gleaner source, are rumoured to be heading to the MLS and to Vietnam.
"We cannot say more at this time, but clearly these are very important steps for our players, especially in the absence of the national programme.
"They are being recognised from playing the league, so from where we sit, it is a great feeling to be able to have players on our roster being looked at for transfers in the international market," the source added.