Jermaine Hue calls time on career
Harbour View and Jamaica international midfielder, Jermaine 'Jerry' Hue, has called it a day on a colourful and distinguished football career, the club announced yesterday.
The 37-year-old hung up his boots after 23 years with the Stars of the East.
He was capped 42 times for Jamaica and scored 12 goals.
Clyde Jureidini, the club's general manager, believes an 18-month ban for substance abuse and the ensuing court case to have the conviction overturned took its toll physically and mentally on the left-footer, and greatly influenced his decision to end his playing career.
"Last week Monday, he just said he was tired, and he was not sure if he couldn't come back because he is not feeling the motivation. I think that unfortunate substance-abuse ban that took him out of the game for 18 months tested his inspiration, his motivation and the love he has for the game.
"He had been playing all his life, and that was the first he ever really stopped for months, worse a year or 18 months. So he was having mental and physical difficulties getting back and getting himself motivated with no international career to look forward to, and he didn't want to be just average, so he walked away with his head held high," Jureidini explained.
Hue is currently in the United States, aiming to further his coaching qualification, and Jureidini said the door is always open for him to return in another capacity at the East Kingston club.
"He has left behind a strong legacy of how to pass the ball, how to control, how to use the ball accurately from dead balls, how to score goals, split defences, how to protect and possess the ball and play with flair and be effective. He left a legacy many youngsters can admire and emulate, high standards all can to look up to," Jureidini commented.
"He's the sort of player that don't come along often. But if you choose some of the truly great midfielders in Jamaican football, I would rank him amongst them. He is one whose skill level will never be forgotten.
"He is a true Harbour View great. I don't think another midfielder has passed through the club that has shown the amount of skill and ball artistry Hue did, and in terms of creativity, he ranks among the best," Jureidini stated.