RSPL's goalkeeper award gives Barrett a lift
Despite losing the Red Stripe Premier League final to Arnett Gardens just over a week ago, Montego Bay United goalkeeper, Jacomena Barrett, insists he has learnt a lot over the course of the season, which culminated with him being named Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive occasion.
"I am very happy with the award," he said. "I see this as yet another stepping stone towards being the best goalkeeper and team player I can be."
The 30-year-old keeper told The Gleaner that the award means a lot to him, especially because his teammates gave him much support even when the fans blamed him for blunders between the sticks.
Many say it was his lack of concentration that allowed Arnett's AndrÈ Clennon to score the opening goal in the final, which MoBay United eventually lost 2-0. But having been chosen as the best goalkeeper in the country is no small accomplishment for the big goalie, who wants to be reckoned among the best the country has produced.
The former Rusea's High School and Sporting Central goalkeeper added however, his biggest wish is to find his way back into the national squad and added the award is just proof of his outstanding work ethic and ability.
"You cannot be a simple goalkeeper, a weak and inept goalkeeper and still win this award. There has to be something stellar about a performance that makes you that good to pick up this award," said Barrett.
"At this level, every good and decent player wants to play for the national team and I am no different. I have had a chance at it before, but I believe I deserve another chance with the Reggae Boyz and next time I will be better," Barrett said assuredly.
"It is a joy playing for Montego Bay United; we are a good family and each player makes you want to excel even more. I think as a club we are on the right track and we will not allow that loss in the final to determine the future."
He said each setback only makes him stronger and the criticism he attracts are mostly justified if they are constructive.
"Negative critique does me no harm whatsoever. I know what I am about and will be doing my best each day to achieve something more," said Barrett.
Towering at 6ft 3 inches tall, Barrett said his ultimate dream remains picking up a contract to play football in Europe or Major League Soccer in the US and that time is on his side as he chases a recall to the national team.
"But in the meantime, I am confident as a co-captain at MBU that we can reclaim the title next season and also do well in the CONCACAF Champions League," Barrett said.