Waterhouse seek new players to lift team
After a five-match winless run in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), title favourites Waterhouse FC are looking to add players to the roster in order to get back on the right track.
The Drewsland-based club has been affected by injuries, as well as 'bad training habits' by some senior players.
In the last RSPL game, Waterhouse went down 1-0 to Tivoli Gardens on a last-minute strike by one of their former players, Weston 'Barney' Forrest.
For that game, Waterhouse turned up with only 13 players.
President of Waterhouse FC, Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, was scheduled for a meeting with players and technical staff to discuss what happened on Sunday.
"We will be meeting today (yesterday) at 6 p.m. I will talk with the players and coaching staff. After that, we will have a clear picture and know what to do moving forward," Chin told The Gleaner yesterday afternoon.
Waterhouse started the season reasonably well, and led in the early stages, but have not won since their 2-1 victory against league newcomers Barbican on December 8 at Waterhouse Stadium.
"We have to bounce back. It is critical. The senior players need to understand their role in the team," Chin disclosed.
On the other hand, Waterhouse's coach, Anthony Patrick, insisted that the team was depleted mainly because of injuries to senior players.
The coach said players on the injured list include Jamoly Powell, Adoah Nickle, Vincent Earle, Kenroy Howell, Richard McCallum, Evan Taylor, Romario 'Rum Rum' Campbell and Gary McIntosh.
affected by injuries
Cardel Benbow is absent from the team because of national duty with the Jamaica Under-20 team.
"We have been badly affected by injuries to key players," Patrick told The Gleaner. "We are looking to get players in the transfer window that is now open.
"We could see the return of Haitian player Chedlin Francoeur, who created an impact last season. We are also looking at adding some youngsters," Patrick informed.
"We are not pleased with the current squad, so hopefully, everything will go well by next week," he said.
"On Sunday, we had to play AndrÈ Leslie of Holy Trinity and Marlon Laing. They lacked proper guidance on the field," Patrick noted.
With regards to veteran striker Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, who is the club's leading striker on six goals, Patrick responded: "He (Anderson) has been way off. We (have) suffered a lot because we don't have adequate replacements."
Despite Waterhouse's poor recent form, the club remains in contention for a play-off spot. They are currently on 28 points in third position in the 12-team league standing.
"Well, fourth place is still within striking distance. We will have to sort out the problems and come again," Patrick pointed out.
Waterhouse next play struggling Reno tomorrow at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.