Patrick has big plans for Maverley-Hughenden
Coach of Maverley-Hughenden FC men's senior team Anthony Patrick is not afraid to give young talent the chance to shine. He did it during stints at Waterhouse. And after three weeks in charge at neighbouring Maverley, he is looking to add a number of youth players to the roster during the January transfer market.
"Definitely, I will be bringing in youth players. This is me. I won't change. I always try to put schoolboys in the Maverley system once they have the quality. It is not about age. I have played a few 16-year-olds in the league," Patrick told The Gleaner yesterday.
Patrick has a good track record in schoolboy football. He guided Bridgeport High to Manning Cup titles in 2001 and 2006, the Walker Cup KO title in 2001, and shared the Olivier Shield with Glenmuir High in 2006.
He went to Waterhouse and took with him several Bridgeport High stars such as Darren Mattocks, Kenardo Forbes, AndrÈ Clennon, and Theo Brown. They have all gone on to represent Jamaica at youth and senior levels.
Mattocks currently represents Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer in the United States.
When Patrick was hired by his new club on December 6, they had played 14 games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and were on 13 points. Now, three games later, the promoted team has moved from tenth position to seventh with 20 points, just two off sixth-place Arnett Gardens in the race for a top-six finish.
"It's a possibility that we can get there. Anything can happen," Patrick said about the team's chance of lifting the title.
"We have some teams to play twice, and some teams at the top will drop points. The teams in the top four can be vulnerable at this time. We are here to compete, not just participate," he added.
"With five games remaining in the second round, our goal is to get at least nine more points. That would put us in a good position entering the third and final preliminary round," Patrick calculated.
MANAGEMENT IN SUPPORT
Patrick has had a good look at the squad he inherited from the club's former coach, Lijyasu Simms, and will be looking to bolster it with as many as 10 players when the window reopens next week.
"We are looking at bringing in about six senior players, plus four quality schoolboys, to fill positions when the window opens in January," he disclosed. Patrick declined to identify any of his targets but revealed that the aim is to expose young talent so that the club would be able to benefit financially.
With players coming in, some contracts of the current squad will be terminated to make way for the new arrivals.
"The club's management is in full support of my plans, so they are working on getting the new players in," he disclosed.
Maverley-Hughenden will next play second-place Tivoli Gardens when the Red Stripe Premier League resumes after a two-week break on Sunday, January 8.