Reno's new boys poised to invigorate the club
Red Stripe Premier League club FC Reno has been busy during the January transfer window, and Dean Malloy, the club's manager, believes the new recruits have already started to make an impact.
Six players were brought and two left, and Malloy is confident they will help pull the club up the standings and finish the season on a high.
"We have been doing some business and, so far, we are happy with the players we have brought in," Malloy said.
"Two players have left the club, including central midfielder Leonard Rankine, who joined Western Confederation Super League club Sandals Whitehouse.
Joining the former three-time champions are two attacking players in Anthony Markes, formerly of Harbour View FC, and Taj Coley, who played for Appleton in the St Elizabeth Major League.
It's in attack that FC Reno are mostly bereft of talent, so with the addition of Markes and Coley, they should at least be converting more chances.
"These players have freshened up the squad, and the team is beginning to look the part once again," Malloy said.
On Sunday, while none of the new recruits got onto the score sheet, FC Reno posted a hard-working 2-0 win over Cavalier SC at the Frome Sports Complex.
Romario Downswell and Dershan Bryan scored in the seventh and 91st minutes, respectively, to give Reno their first win in five matches.
Sunday's win comes on the heels of another decent performance, as they played to a draw in their previous outing and are looking a lot more settled.
"We are hoping that the new players will add some impetus and help steer the club away from relegation," said Malloy.
"It is fair to say that we are charting a new way forward, and all the players in our squad will have a role to play in moving the club forward," he added.