Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
He is one of the most vocal footballers locally, so the absence of Craig 'Warlord' White from the August Town roster since the start of the current Red Stripe Premier League season has been quite noticeable.
The hard-nosed defender is, however, making his voice heard off the pitch. He has chastised August Town for not rewarding him for his role in helping them get promotion to the top flight.
"The work that I put in during the Super League last season, I have not got justified reward for it," White, who represented August Town for two seasons, argued. "Because coming up to Premier League one would expect a different type of monetary package from when you are playing Super League. It is not like we were being paid for playing Super League; we just played with the mission to get to the Premier League."
The 36-year-old did not report for duty ahead of the start of the league campaign, but instead, laced up for Constant Spring's Masters League team.
"I was dreaming of getting back to the Premier League, but I didn't think I would have been able to give my all to August Town like I did in previous years," White expressed. "I don't know if other players were rewarded, but I have myself as a top baller, and I was not rewarded."
Following an impressive start of six games unbeaten in the league, August Town have failed to win any of their last seven and are at the bottom of the 12-team standings with 11 points.
"With me in the Premier League, August Town wouldn't be at the bottom of the table," White reasoned. "But they started off the season on a high, six games unbeaten, so they felt they didn't need Warlord anymore."
Manager of August Town, Marlon Small, strongly refuted White's claims and believes he is being ungrateful.
"I think it is totally unfair for him to be making such assertions, because he is one of the players that we have gone beyond the call of duty to help," an upset Small said. "It's not like we are going to give him a $100,000 every month; we don't have it like that to give him. Upon qualifying for the Premier League it is not like we had finances falling out the sky, into the coffers."
Small further believes that White had put representing Constant Spring over August Town.
"We have four persons who are members of the club who play Masters League, but whenever it is required for us to be at August Town, we are there," Small revealed. "But he (White) gave Constant Spring the preference in terms of his presence, but we never argued with him, we just allowed him to do what he wanted to do."
White, who started out in the Premier League in 1993 with Maverley while a student at Meadowbrook High, has gone on to play for the likes of Tivoli Gardens, Arnett Gardens and Waterhouse, winning the league title with the latter in 1997 and 2006.
He does not plan to call it quits just yet and hopes to join a Major League or Super League team come January. When he does hang up his boots, however, he intends to take up coaching and write a book about the politics involved in local football, among other things.