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Miller faces tough Christmas following relative's death ... RSPL players share plans for holiday period

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Cavalier's Ryan Miller clears the ball while under pressure from Sandals South Coast player Leonardo Rankine (front) in their Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Red Stripe Premier League playoff game at the Stadium East field earlier this year.
Oneil Thompson (left) from Arnett Gardens forces André McFarlane (right) from Waterhouse off the ball during a Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex earlier this year.

It may be the festive period, but UWI FC midfielder Ryan Miller is not in a mood to celebrate Christmas after the loss of a close cousin recently. 
"I don't plan to do anything much. I will do a little training by myself on Christmas Day. As to the normal family thing, the loss of my cousin, Andrew Skeel who was shot and killed earlier this month has affected my Christmas," Miller told The Gleaner in the build-up to the holiday season. 

"It will not be the same as the family is mourning his loss. It has certainly put a damper on things," Miller added.

The midfielder is the leading goalscorer for the University of the West Indies team with nine goals in the Red Stripe Premier League this season, falling just behind joint leading scorers, Javon East of Portmore United and Craig Foster of Reno, who are on ten goals apiece. 

Miller's UWI FC teammate Oshane Jenkins, is planning to spend some time with his family particularly on Christmas Day, but says he will be ready to continue training for his team immediately after the holiday.

"I plan to spend the Christmas with my family at home. It is a special time to be with the family. I am also going to take out my son. But after that it is back to the training ground," the left back noted.

Meanwhile, Arnett Gardens captain and central defender, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson is not getting too caught up in the celebrations - to say the least.

"Christmas is for kids. I plan to just kick back on Christmas Day with the family, watching the kids running up and down. It is the kids' time. I have seven kids and two of them are in England. I could also go on the beach with the kids and have some lobster. They will choose the place to go because it is their time," Thompson shared.

He also disclosed that there won't be any long break for Arnett players.

"We don't break as training continues but matches will not be played this Sunday. However, we will continue training as the work does not stop for any long time during the holidays," he shared.