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Daley returns to Portmore for the youths

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM
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Portmore United's early spark in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), after returning to the top flight following a season this year, has raised a few eyebrows.

However, the return of a former fan favourite and ex-national player, Omar Daley, to the St Catherine club's set-up has certainly been one factor behind the former winners' excellent start to the campaign, which has seen them perfect after three starts.

But Daley's purpose for coming back is not necessarily to win titles. He thought it was time to quit overseas and assist the local club's young players understand and make the transition into professional footballers.

"I came back home because I chose to," Daley told The Gleaner. "Portmore's season was about to start, so I cancelled my contract and took the opportunity to come back and start the season with Portmore," he explained.

"I was happy with the team (Oklahoma City Energy FC) I was playing for. We cancelled by mutual consent, so there was no bad blood. But I just decided to come home and start the season with Portmore.

"Everything was fine [at Oklahoma] and that's why I felt the time was right [to leave] and I needed to take a little break and come home. They (Portmore) said they were going to start fresh with the youths, and I wanted to be a part of that," he stated.

The former Glenmuir star believes the club's good start to the RSPL season has already started to repair damage done to the club's reputation after they were relegated in 2013-2014 season.

"Portmore needed rebuilding, and that's what they are doing, and I can personally say that Portmore is back. The Portmore United brand is back," he

continued.

"My target is to help the youths at Portmore. The fact of the matter is they look up to me as an elder. I give them advice and they can get a contract and help their families buy a nice house. so my personal target is to help Portmore United players," he insisted.

successful team

The 34-year-old says the current team is nothing compared to the Portmore teams he was part of in the early 2000s. But he thinks they have the potential to be a successful team. He also promises to show his best football as the season progresses.

"It's a young group, but if they play without being naÔve and give energy and effort. I guarantee that nobody in this league can stop them. I wouldn't say they are championship material yet, but (championship) potential,' he commented.

Daley had a solid performance in the come-from-behind 2-1 win over Waterhouse, first on the wing, before moving into midfield in the second half.

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