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Mattocks: It is an amazing feeling

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamo
Mattocks ... nominated for PM's Youth Awards.

National men's senior football striker, Darren Mattocks is delighted with his nomination for the Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence.

The awards will be handed out at Jamaica House this evening, and Mattocks is among 61 nominees. The categories are Academics, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, Environment Protection, Innovation, Science and Technology, International Achievement, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, and Youth Development.

"Someone from the prime minister's office contacted me and told me that I was nominated for the Prime Minister's Youth Awards tomorrow at Jamaica House," Mattocks told The Gleaner yesterday.

"It is an amazing feeling. It is really good that footballers are now getting the recognition nationally. In sports, these awards normally go to people in track and field. It is really good for the recognition," the 27-year-old former Bridgeport High Manning Cup star said.

Mattocks moved from Vancouver Whitecaps to Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer last year, but has struggled with injuries at his new club. He scored just five times in 43 appearances.




"I missed most of the just concluded season due to a hamstring injury, but am now ready for the upcoming season in the MLS. The injury affected my performance, but I am over that right now and pretty much ready for the new season," he said.

"The season is over, and I am in Jamaica now. I am still at Portland Timbers. I cannot discuss whether I will be there in the future, but preseason starts in January," he said.

Mattocks was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps as the second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He scored 19 times in 93 games for the Whitecaps before being traded to the Timbers in March 2016.

He made his international debut for Jamaica against El Salvador in 2012 and has scored 14 goals in 39 appearances for the Reggae Boyz.