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Daley adjusting to new midfield role

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
UWI's Keammar Daley shields the Ball away from Reno's Shuwayne Barrett ,In their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the UWI Mona Bowl on Sunday.

Since Keammar 'Dada' Daley, returned to league leaders UWI FC full-time this season, he has been showing glimpses of his tremendous talent, and if the 29-year-old continues to progress the way he has since coming back to the team in January, after a lengthy injury layoff, fans might once again find a valid reason to leave their homes on a Sunday to watch Jamaica's local top-flight football competition.

On Sunday against Reno, the former national youth star's composure, quality and vision was miles ahead of his peers and he says he is only looking to get better each game.

"I was away for a short period. I started the season, but I was injured and missed a few games; but now I am back and want to continue where I left off," he told The Gleaner after his commanding performance in UWI's 1-0 win over Reno.




"I am about 80 percent fit. [I] still need more games, but the extra work I have been doing is paying off. Each game I try to get better, so I have looked pass this game and look forward to the next," he added.

The attacker has been employed in an unusually deep midfield position this season, where he can influence and control the flow of games, and against Reno he pulled the strings with devastating effect.

"I feel confident, this (new) role will help my personal game and help the team. Coach wants me to start the plays. So I have to take responsibility and tryto help the team in every way," he said.

"The new role is alright. It's a mental role, you have to be focused and you cannot lapse. You might get a lot of space, but you don't get any time on the ball.

"You have to be confident on the ball so your teammates can trust you, because it's a trustworthy role; you have to be a ball handler because it's risky, one slip up and it's a chance, so you have to stay focused," he continued.

The former Meadhaven star is now focus on winning his and UWI's first Premier League title this season.

"Last year we barely missed the semi-finals. We have some very good young players and coach believes in us. He believes I am one of the best players in the country, and I know in myself that I am one of the best despite the bad patches sometimes, but once the ball is rolling and I am fit and in condition, anything is possible because the sky is the limit," he said.