Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
One club is feeling aggrieved at having lost him, another is trying to hold on to him and yet another is trying to sign him, as a war rages for the services of former national midfielder Evan Taylor.
The versatile midfielder, who was contracted to Super League outfit Reno and then loaned out to Harbour View where he played a vital role in them winning the premier league last season, is now being courted by Montego Bay United (MBUFC).
Harbour View are, however, contending that the 24-year-old is contracted to them for three years with only one having elapsed.
An operations committee of the Edward Seaga-chaired Professional Footballers Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) is currently deliberating on the matter.
"We sent in a transfer and we have a contract that we sent there and we tried to register the player, and only after that we are finding out that Harbour View are saying that he is contracted with them, so they are supposed to submit it to the JFF, because none was there before," Orville Powell, president of MBUFC, shared.
"It is in the hands of the PFAJ. They had a meeting on Wednesday and they have given Harbour View 48 hours to bring in some documents and there will be a ruling on Monday."
Harbour View's general manager, Clyde Jureidini has, however, refuted claims that the club has been asked to present proof of the contract with Taylor.
"I can confirm to you, that document (contract) was always in their (PFAJ) possession before the meeting was held," Jureidini said. "The document that they (operations committee) are asking us for, we have told them before that we know nothing of it. We are waiting to hear, because it is now a matter in the football courts."
Allan Lewis, chairman of the operations committee, confirmed that the matter is currently being dealt with, but declined to speak further.
"The committee is still dealing with the matter, so when we have completed the matter the findings and rulings will be disseminated to the public," Lewis said.
Taylor's loan agreement with Harbour View stipulated that should the player land a contract overseas then part proceeds would go to Reno. Taylor's original contract with Reno has now expired after only one year of the loan agreement
"He is no longer a registered player with us, because his contract was up on the July 31," Reno's chairman, Russell Hammond, revealed. "We made a three-year agreement with Harbour View with the expectation that he (Taylor) would have re-signed with us."
Hammond is of the view that Taylor may have been persuaded not to re-sign with the Westmoreland-based club by a United States-based agent. "It is something that we are very annoyed about," Hammond said. He said the club will be meeting to discuss the matter.