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Hamilton set for overseas trial stint

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2019 | 12:24 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Dunbeholden’s Adrian Williams and Cavalier’s Nicholas Hamilton (right) duel for the ball in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Stadium East Field on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
Dunbeholden’s Adrian Williams and Cavalier’s Nicholas Hamilton (right) duel for the ball in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Stadium East Field on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Cavalier forward Nicholas Hamilton is to depart the island next week for a two-week trial stint at United Soccer League (USL) team Indy 11 in the United States.

Hamilton, a former Holy Trinity High School Manning Cup stand-out, told The Gleaner that he is looking forward to the trials because he sees this as the perfect opportunity to land a contract overseas.

“It is a good feeling because I have been working hard for this, and I always wanted the opportunity to play overseas. So this is a wonderful opportunity for me to go there and establish myself and cement a contract,” Hamilton, 24 years old, said.

“I worked really hard this season in the (Red Stripe) Premier League because most of the things that I used to do, I don’t do them any more. I changed my lifestyle and focused more on football, and that is why I had a good season, which saw me being invited to the national senior team,” he said.

Hamilton had an outstanding season for Cavalier in the Premier League this year, where he netted 10 goals to help the club to finish the competition third.

The skilful player, who tormented the opposing defenders with his pace and swift dribbling, said that he is aware of what to expect when he gets to Indy 11 and he is ready and raring to go.

“I have watched a couple of their games and I know that the leading all-time goalscorer for the USL is Dane Kelly, and he is a Jamaican,” Hamilton said.