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Nelson is still a talent for the future - Waite

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Arnett Gardens striker Lamar Nelson (right) in action.
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Coach of Arnett Gardens FC Jerome Waite believes that Lamar 'Wanka' Nelson is still a big talent for the future following the midfielder's return to competition three years after a serious right leg injury.

Nelson made his return for Arnett Gardens in a Red Stripe Premier League fixture against Harbour View on December 11 at Harbour View Stadium. He played for the last five minutes in the game that his team won 1-0.

"We want to give him (Nelson) time to get back on track with his career," said Waite, who also coached Nelson at Charlie Smith high school. "Wanka has gone through surgery and rehabilitation, and also went through

pre-season training with the team."

Nelson missed the first 14 matches in the RSPL 2016-17 season and played in the last three games.

"He will be getting more playing time as he needs to get back mentally as well. Nelson has shown a lot of improvements physically, as he is willing to do the necessary work.

PROMISING MIDFIELDER

"He is one of the better local players around and is still a talent for the future," Waite said about the promising midfielder.

Nelson, who lit up the Premier League for hometown club Arnett Gardens in the 2012-13 season and earned his first and only Reggae Boyz cap in the 2012 Caribbean Cup in Antigua and Barbuda, has been sidelined for three years.

The 25 year-old who has a knack for scoring spectacular goals, suffered the right leg injury, while representing Waterhouse in the RSPL in November 2013, just a few months after he was transferred from Arnett Gardens.

Arnett Gardens paid for the player's surgery and he returned to the Trench Town-based club after his one-year deal ended at Waterhouse two years ago.