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Junglists depending on youngsters

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite juggles a ball during a recent Reggae Boyz training session.

Coach of defending champions Arnett Gardens, Jerome Waite, said a number of his team's senior players will be missing from Monday night's opening game in the

Red Stripe Premier League against promoted side Sandals South Coast.

Waite said a lot of teams' regular starters were absent from preseason training, and therefore, he is left with no other option but to call upon the club's young players for Monday night's game, which will be played at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

"Things are definitely not the best, but we had more time to prepare," said Waite. "Some of our key players will not be starting the season because they chose to go overseas in the summer, and so we will work with the rest of players," Waite said.

He added: "We have to give these players an opportunity to play, even if they are not ready. It's a long season, and if they don't show that they can manage the league, then by that time, the other players will be ready to start playing."

The veteran pointed that this situation has been taking place for years, which has resulted in the club performing poorly in the opening phase of the competition.

Looking ahead to Monday night's opening game against Sandals South Coast, Waite stated they will not be taking their opponents lightly.

"Despite their team coming into the Premier League for the first time, they have a lot of players that have played in the Premier League before," Waite said.

"It is not a situation where they are coming into the league to lie down, and so they will be competing, so we are looking forward to a competitive game from them on Monday night," he said.