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'Red Brigade' raring to go!

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Phillip Peddie (right), seen here competing against Daemion Benjamin for Maverley/Hughenden against his new team, Boys' Town in last season's Red Stripe Premier League action.
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Andrew Price, coach of Red Stripe Premier League outfit Boys' Town, said they are ready and raring to go ahead of their opening game against Humble Lion tomorrow at the Barbican Field.

"It is as good as it can be going into the first game," said Price of his team's readiness ahead of the league's delayed start. "I believed that the delay to the start of the season also assisted us in getting better preparation and so we are ready and raring to go now," he said.

Price added that they are aiming for a top-six finish in order to challenge for the title this season.

"The aim is to get into the top six this season and we see where it leaves after that," Price said.

"I believe that we have a good blend of youth and experience, and I believe that once we start to gel, then I believe that we can cause a lot of stir in the Premier League this year," he said.

However, the Collie Smith Drive-based team will be without the services of striker Shamar Nicholson, who has transferred to NK Domzale in the Slovenian Parvaliga on a three-year deal last month.

Nicholson scored 17 goals for Boys' Town last season, one behind the competition's leading scorer Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson of Tivoli Gardens.

However, they will be depending heavily on veterans Michael Campbell, Rafeik Thomas as well as Phillip Peddie, who scored eight goals for relegated Maverley-Hughenden last season.

Price added that the absence of Nicholson will not affect his team because they have a number of other goal scorers in the team.

"We have several players in the squad who can score goals, so it will be a collective effort to get the goals," Price said.

Boys' Town also signed Raheem Porter (Christian Pen), Renardo Smith (Arnett Gardens), Patrick Scott (Real Mona), Damion Blackburn (Waterhouse), Dexter Manning (Whitfield Town) and Wayne Williams (Maverley-Hughenden) in the summer.