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Kenroy Howell on the rise

Published:Tuesday | April 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kenroy Howell of Waterhouse (left) under strong pressure from Boys' Town's Carlos Wright during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at Collie Smith Drive on Sunday. Waterhouse won 1-0. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

Marc Stamp, Sports Reporter

Waterhouse's striker Kenroy Howell is looking to follow in the footsteps of the Drewsland-based club's legendary goalscorers such as Kevin Lamey and Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson.

Already, Howell is on the rise in only his first season with the senior team. He is fast becoming a fan favourite and leading the attack with intelligent play and clinical finishing.

"It is a big one to follow the likes of Kevin Lamey, called 'King', and Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, named 'God' by the Waterhouse fans. I want to become 'Jesus' at the club," Howell told The Gleaner amidst laughter.


"I am at Waterhouse, and my aim is to become the best. I want to help the club win titles, as we have some good young players," the 21-year-old disclosed.

Howell says he is now fully focused. "I am a FLOW contractor, and couldn't attend training regular, now I am allowed to train on a regular basis," he added.

"I am not surprised to be leading the attack in my first season with the senior team, after being brought up from the Under-21 team," he said.

Although he has scored only three goals so far, Howell is a promising young striker with strong pace and skill. He also scored twice in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) group stage in Haiti last month, where Waterhouse advanced to the next stage.

Waterhouse, with a formidable team of youth and experience, are currently in pole position on 56 points and favoured to win the $1 million incentive for the team with most points at the end of the competition. Waterhouse have also secured a spot in the semi-finals.

"The vibes is right in the camp, and we are committed and can only beat ourselves," Howell stated confidently. "The aim is to finish on most points and then win the league," he added.

Waterhouse have been unbeaten in all competitions since Anthony Patrick took over as coach following the resignation of Donovan Duckie in January.

"The coach wants to be a winner at all times. He also believes in the youngsters in the squad and building a strong team," Howell said.

Howell is also happy for his young sibling, Ramone, who is stamping his class in midfield at the club, after winning schoolboy titles at Jamaica College last year.

"Knowing that my brother is in the team is very good. It's a good way for us to continue bonding," he said.

Waterhouse will face second-place Harbour View in a crucial game next Sunday at Waterhouse Stadium, and Kenroy is looking forward to the clash.

"I am looking forward to scoring in that game as it is a top clash, and a win would improve our chances of winning the incentive," he noted.

Waterhouse fans can be very hard on non-performers, and Howell is fully aware of that.

" ... I don't really follow them (the fans). I go out there each time to improve," he declared.

Before arriving at Waterhouse, Howell guided Royal Lakes to the St Catherine Major League title in 2010. He was named MVP for the league and scored 13 times.

In four years at Spanish Town High, Howell scored 27 goals.

His dream is to become a professional player and represent the national team.