Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Keammar Daley has been a star in local football circles from high-school days with Jamaica College, right up to the club level with Meadhaven United and Tivoli Gardens.
However, he experienced a far less than enjoyable stint with English Second Division team, Preston North End, which taught him some valuable lessons.
"Don't take anything for granted because nothing is there for anyone. You just have to work hard for everything that you want and no manager is going to pick you because of who you are," Daley reasoned.
"You have to be the one to show him (the coach) each day you go to training and in the games; you just have to take your chance as it comes."
Daley, who joined Preston North End in August 2011, struggled to nail down a starting spot in the team and complained bitterly of unhappiness during his time in England. He was released from the club in January this year after his contract was mutually terminated.
"Football is just a learning process and going to England was just an experience of my life," Daley shared. "The first time getting a professional contract overseas, it opened up my eyes to a lot of stuff, both physical and off the field and it wasn't footballing reasons why I was sent back.
"It is just based on the manager and in England and world football the manager has the final say. I just have to keep working hard and never give up and hopefully I can get back something soon."
The creative midfielder returned to Premier League outfit, Tivoli Gardens, following the termination of his contract and forms an integral part of the team's title ambitions this year.
"The main thing is to just work hard and stick together as a group to see if we (Tivoli) can defend the Flow Cup title and win the Premier League and any other championship that's there to grab," Daley shared. "I am just using this as a stepping stone to bring me back to where I know I can be, back to the top.
"My sight is on getting to the top of the scoring chart and assist as much as possible and help the team to get to the final hurdle and that's to lift the championship."
There are some persons who consider Daley's playing style to be too slow and deem that to be the reason for him falling out of the national programme, and also failing to secure regular playing time in England. But the 25-year-old is not about to change to suit critics.
"People will always talk whether I play slow or fast, but that is just my game," Daley expressed. "Whenever a coach says to me adjust your playing or wherever he wants me to play, that's all I can do. That has been working for me from ever since, before I got a contract. It is the same Keammar and that is the reason why I even got a contract, because of my playing ability."