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UWI FC to bolster attack in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:00 AMLivingston Scott
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Humble Lion's Francois Swaby (left) looks to control the ball while under pressure from UWI FC's Dravian Williams during the Red Stripe Premier League football encounter at UWI Bowl, Mona, on Sunday. The game ended 1-1.

Debutants UWI FC are holding their own in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). They have taken 23 points from 19 games and are currently eighth in the standings with 23 points, trailing seventh-place Reno on goal difference.

The league is more than halfway into the regular season, and according to the university's director of sports, Dalton Myers, they will be making a big move in the transfer window to bring in two players to boost their chances of survival.

Based on very reliable sources, the club is negotiating with out-of-favour national midfield playmaker Keammar 'Dadda' Daley and former Jamaica College and ex-UWI striker Anthony Grant.

However, Myers insisted he could not confirm names until deals are completed.

"We want to take some players in the January transfer window. We have been having trials and talking to players. We have a target from overseas who should start the next game, so we want to get that right, but until we confirm we cannot say much, because we don't want anything to happen before closing the deals," he offered.

"They are Jamaican players: one of them plays overseas, the other one is here playing at another club. But it is very tight discussions and we are working on it," was all he revealed.

Daley is currently contracted to east Kingston outfit Harbour View, but has been woefully off form for the Stars of the East. Goalscoring ace Grant is a former McKendree and Bowling Green University player in the United States. He played in the USL for Michigan Bucks and Seacoast United Phantoms, before joining Richmond Kickers in the same league last year.

Myers was full of praise for coach Marcel Gayle, adding that they are in a good position to achieve survival.

"I have always said that he (Gayle) is one of the most underrated coaches in the island. He has shown that as he has taken players we barely knew and made us very competitive. Marcel has done great things with this team and we hope to have him here long term, to build the programme around him, give him a strong support system.

He continued: "The goal is to finish 10th or better. Tenth or fourth is the same for us; we just want to survive. It's a long season and there are roughly 14 more games to go, so anything can happen, as Waterhouse, Rivoli and Cavalier are more experienced teams than us, so we have to keep on picking up points.

"We have to try and get a point in at least every game and make sure we don't lose at home," he added.