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Lamar 'Wonka' Nelson back at Arnett Gardens after surgery

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Brian McCalla/Freelance Photographer Lamar 'Wonka' Nelson on crutches at the Red Stripe Premier League awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Thursday.

Lamar 'Wonka' Nelson is looking to make a return to football next January, in Arnett Gardens FC colours again, following surgery to his right leg recently.

Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Arnett Gardens Football Club provided the $750,000 that the player needed for surgery last month.

Now, he will be going through a 6-8 month recuperation period and targets a January 2016 return to competitive football.

Nelson, an exciting midfielder with a knack for scoring spectacular goals, picked up the injury while representing Waterhouse in November 2013, just a few months after he was transferred from Arnett during the RSPL 2013/14 season. However, the player agreed to return to Arnett after the club paid the surgery bill.

"Probably, he (Nelson) can be ready during the next season. We (Arnett Gardens) paid $750,000 for a repairment surgery to the player," Patrick Roberts, president of Arnett Gardens FC, told The Gleaner.

"He is signed to Arnett after his deal with Waterhouse ended. He had a slight setback after the surgery, and was hospitalised at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Now he is out and moving around on crutch stick," Roberts added.

Nelson said his one-year contract with Waterhouse has ended, and he will return to Arnett for the RSPL 2015-16 football season.

"I'm a free agent and don't need a transfer. The surgery was successful, and I should be ready next January to represent Arnett," Nelson declared to The Gleaner yesterday.

"The surgery was Waterhouse's responsibility. They did not take it up and Arnett did. I was injured there, and a next club took it up. Without Arnett, I would not have a career, as I started football there (Arnett)," said the 24-year-old Nelson, who got a national call-up following an outstanding RSPL season in 2013 while representing Arnett Gardens.

He made his international debut for Jamaica in a 0-0 draw with Martinique on December 10, 2012, in the Caribbean Cup.

President of Waterhouse FC, Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, confirmed to The Gleaner that Nelson is a free to represent any club.

"His (Nelson) contract has expired with us (Waterhouse), so he is free to do whatever he wants to do in the future," Chin told The Gleaner yesterday.