Patrick hoping to make 'killer' moves in transfer window
Coach of promoted Maverley-Hughenden Anthony Patrick is hoping to add some 'killer' players to the team for the new year.
Patrick was hired to replace Lijyasu Simms three weeks ago. At that point, Maverley-Hughenden were flirting with relegation in tenth position on 13 points from 14 games. Three games later, they have improved to seventh position on 20 points from 17 games.
Since Patrick, who saved Waterhouse from relegation last term, crossed the road to neighbouring Maverley, the team has won twice and drawn once.
"We are looking to add some young players to the squad during the upcoming January transfer window," Patrick told The Gleaner following his team's 1-1 draw against Harbour View on Wednesday in the final round for this year.
"We want to have some 'killer' players coming from the bench. The plan is to add young quality players in all areas. We have quality players, but it is important to have a strong bench," he informed.
Patrick said that on arrival at Maverley, he told the players that the plan was to end the second round with at least 17 more points.
"I told the players that we want to aim for at least 17 points from eight games, and we have achieved seven in three games. So, with five more games remaining in the second round, we are on target," Patrick, who is also coach of St Catherine High in the Manning Cup schoolboy competition, added.
When quizzed as to the difference in the team, he responded: "It is about self-belief. The players believe in me and I believe in them. I will continue to instill confidence in the players. The work ethic of the team is stepping up. However, we don't want to push ourselves too much at this point."
Maverley-Hughenden will next face second-place-Tivoli Gardens (32 points) on January 4.
"We will have more time to prepare for the next game against Tivoli and be ready for them," Patrick concluded.