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Tivoli look to maintain good form in 2017

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Johnson (left)

Tivoli Gardens are looking to bolster their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) squad with one or two players during the January transfer window, which opened on Sunday.

The West Kingston-based outfit enjoyed a good run last year and are currently in second position on 32 points, three behind leaders Montego Bay United (35). They have won 10 games, drawn twice and suffered five losses in their 17 league games. They have scored a league high 27 goals and conceded 14 times.

However, coach Omar Edwards, who took over from Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey last summer says there could be additions to the team.

"I understand that one or two players are interested in joining the team," said Edwards.

One of those players is Rodico Wellington, who started the season at promoted Maverley-Hughenden.

 

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Wellington has scored four goals but could be heading back to his home club.

"Rodico (Wellington) wants to return. He has been training (since late December). He is from the area and represented the club," Edwards disclosed.

Edwards also said that the key to Tivoli doing well is the discipline.

"The discipline has been good. However, we want better attitude from the players towards the game," he shared.

Edwards praised veteran Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson for his leadership on and off the field. Johnson who is 36 year-old is the club's leading marksman on eight goals. He is only one goal off leading striker Shamar Nicholson of Boys' Town.

"Teddy is not getting younger, he has a responsibility to keep the team together. He really wants to play and win titles at the club. He is the first to reach training and the last to leave," Edwards said about Johnson who represented Jamaica and also played club football in England.

When quizzed about his team's chance of winning the premier league this year, Edwards responded: "Based on the quality players, we can stay in the top six and take it from there."

Tivoli will next play against promoted Maverley-Hughenden when the RSPL resumes on January 8.