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Rochelle Bryan pledges to remain at Barbican

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
fileMembers of Barbican FC with the Sherwin-Williams Women’s KO trophy after they collected it from Ian Forbes (left), managing director of Sherwin-Williams. Barbican defeated Waterhouse FC 4-1 in the final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on December 6.

After representing three clubs in 15 years in the nation's Women's League football, Rochelle 'Chunky' Bryan has fallen in love with Barbican FC. She now has no intention of parting ways with the St Andrew-based club.

In her second season at Barbican, Bryan was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the just concluded 2015 season. She won the MVP trophy and $25,000 cash incentive at the recent Sherwin- Williams/JFF awards ceremony.

Bryan missed the function due to illness, but was naturally happy on hearing the good news. She was a key member of the team which won the league and knockout double. Playing in an attacking midfield role, Bryan netted seven times, including two hat-tricks.

"I felt really great when I heard the news as it was my first MVP award in the league after so many years," Bryan told The Gleaner.

"Well, I have been playing in the league since 2000 and won back-to-back titles with my first club, Portmore Strikers, in 2000-01. And, this year I won my fourth title with Barbican," she disclosed.

"It is really a very nice feeling to win such an award. I just gave it my all and it paid dividends," the 28 year-old former youth and national senior representative stated.

She said Barbican are a great club and it is wonderful to be working with her teammates and coach Charles Edwards.

"The coach and captain (Philisha Lewis) have been very good to me. They help to motivate the team on a whole. Barbican are like a family and we are reaping the benefits of hard work over the years," Bryan, who also played at UWI FC two years ago, said.

"I intend to remain at Barbican as long as I am healthy and can give my all to the team. The key at Barbican is discipline and the training is very hard. But we are going for it again as we have not lost a game since 2011," she said.

Bryan, who started in the local club league at age 13, has been affected by knee and back injuries during her career.

She last played for Jamaica women's senior team last year, but was not included recently. However, Bryan says whenever she is called, "I am always ready to represent my country.

"Right now, we need a lot more help in order to develop the football here. The JFF also needs to do a lot more for women's football. There is a lot of talent out there, but they need proper guidance," the veteran footballer shared.