Young Westmoreland footballer wants to make it to the top
National Under-15 representative Shane Ricketts is brimming with optimism after the senior Reggae Boyz fell just shy of a historic first hold on the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday.
Ricketts, who plays on the right of defence for Westmoreland in the JFF Western Under-15 Parish League, told The Gleaner that his time will come as the current crop of players continues building the foundation for Jamaica's resurgence and domination of the region over the long term.
"I plan on taking on football as a career, and I want to learn as much from these players as possible," said the Little London High School player.
"It is the same with the Westmoreland team. I want to learn and achieve with all the players because we believe we can win this competition," he continued.
He added: "I want to continue in football and play for Jamaica at the senior level."
Ricketts is blessed with skill and speed and is able to play well both in defence and attack, something he said has made him a more complete player in the mould of Brazil and Barcelona's Dani Alves and Argentinean Marcos Rojo.
But while he admires those international players, his main aim is to help bring Jamaica to a level that will rival the likes of Mexico and the United States.
He said his transition from the Under-15s will be an important element of his progress, or lack thereof, noting that all great footballers are able to make the right transition from youth level to the senior ranks.
"I want to be able to go from being a good youth player to being a great national player for Jamaica. I have a number of years in the daCosta Cup, plus there are the national age-group levels," said Ricketts.
"Hard work and dedication I know will take me where I need to be, so right now, it's about helping team Westmoreland win the Under-15 title.