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Gordon overwhelmed by MVP, Tony Burrowes awards

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Owayne Gordon

Former Montego Bay striker Owayne Gordon stole the show when he took four individual awards at the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Hotel last Thursday night.

The 24-year-old, who is currently overseas with his new club, Indy Eleven, led the league in scoring with 20 goals. However, the MoBay United frontman was also the league's MVP and the recipient of the Tony Burrowes Award for exemplary leadership on the field and in one's community.

The young forward told The Gleaner via telephone in an interview on Friday that the awards brought him to tears, but said. It was a great motivation to work harder and take his career to the next level.

"It's an overwhelming feeling (getting four awards) because this is something that I have been working on as an individual player. So hearing the results of winning all those awards is a great feeling and it motivates me to push myself harder. It shows that there can be more awards like that once I work extremely hard," he said.

Picking up the two most prestigious individual honours, the Tony Burrowes award and the MVP trophy, also came as a big surprise for the man called 'Turtle'.

"Honestly, I didn't expect them (MVP and Tony Burrowes), but as you can see, everyone is impressed with the work that I've put in and I am proud. Hats off to my teammates because without them, I could not have looked the way I did in people's eyes.

"When I heard I was the one receiving those awards, it brought tears to my eyes and it was a joyful moment and a wonderful feeling. In the Premier League, where you have so many great players, and you are able to come out with so many awards, is a great feeling," he added.

Gordon, who played in both legs of the semi-finals against Arnett Gardens but missed the final because of his departure to Indy, was happy MoBay United reclaimed the trophy they won in 2014.

"I consulted my club in Indiana and asked if I could play the two semi-finals and come afterwards, and they gave me the go-ahead, so I knew that after the two legs of the semi-final, I would have been out of the country. To regain the championship is a big achievement, and that is what we have been working for, and we told ourselves that it would be our championship again, so to regain the title means a lot."

An ankle injury kept him out of the early part of the season, but Gordon eventually hit his stride in the third round and never looked back.

FULL CONFIDENCE

Now, he is approaching his challenge in the US with full confidence.

"I missed out on the start of the Premier League, but after the injury, I had an excellent start as in my first game, I scored, and after that, I kept scoring - me and Dino Williams. Second round, after Dino left and I went back to a normal level as I was not scoring any goals, then I realised that I had to take up the responsibility and lead the team, and from there on, I saw myself as the main man, and over the last few games I just took responsibility and did my job from there. I am pleased and everyone is pleased. It was an outstanding season for me in the Premier League," he summarised.

"(Overseas) I am actually getting into my own right now, getting comfortable because I am getting to know the players more, so it's just a step up for me now. The first game I played, everyone was pleased with the performance, but I was not pleased because I know I could do more. But everyone is telling me I did a very good job in attacking and defending.

"I have no doubt I will excel through the season and go on to greatness because I have that ability. So what you can expect from me in the overseas professional league is greatness as usual, and goals, and hard work."

- L. S.