Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
National goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr is hoping to catch a break similar to that of Manchester United's shot stopper Anders Lindegaard, after securing a move to Norwegian top division club Sarpsborg 08.
Lindegaard up to three years ago represented Norwegian club Aalesund, during which time he was named Goalkeeper of the Year in both Norway and Denmark. He was then bought by Manchester United in November 2010.
The 26-year-old Kerr earlier this week signed a two-year contract, which takes him from second division club Strommen I.F. to the top tier.
"The dream is to secure a move to the Premier League, but for now I am just taking it step by step after moving from a lower division to the highest division in Norway, so I am just hoping to put in some good performances and take it from there," Kerr said. "I was seen by Everton (English Premier League club) from Division One and they are keeping checks on me."
Kerr, who actually had the chance to meet Lindegaard four years ago when he was sent on a trial sting by Portmore United, is encouraged by the fact that top clubs from other European countries are keen to scout players from the Norwegian league.
"I noticed that most of the clubs, especially from England and Germany, come to Norway to scout keepers and players, so it is a good opportunity for me also."
Kerr's move was brokered by his agent, Romell Wallen, who heads London-based Pro-Goals Sports.
"I'm elated, Sarpsborg is another step in the right direction for Duwayne. With his drive and a bit of luck, I wouldn't be surprised if a top club comes calling again," Wallen supplied. "The club (Sarpsborg) is convinced they have got a bargain in signing Duwayne, who has a big reputation in Norway."
Kerr's new coach will be Britain's Brian Dean, who is said to be a big fan of the burly shot stopper.
Playing in the Norwegian Premier League, Kerr will come up against three of his Reggae Boyz teammates, as Jason Morrison, Demar Phillips and Tremaine Stewart all represent Aalesund.