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Lions close in on Sporting trio

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Struggling Red Stripe Premier League outfit, Sporting Central Academy, are set to face more woe in the current transfer window.

Reports from Clarendon are that the club could lose top player Francois Swaby to fellow parish club Humble Lion before the window closes next Friday.

Swaby is among three players that Humble Lion have made moves for to bolster the team's chances of finishing in a top four play-off spot.

Deals for defender Gregory Lewis and Kevon Reid are almost completed. However, both Clarendon clubs remain in negotiations over Swaby.

"Well, negotiations for Reid and Lewis are almost final. However, the deal for Swaby is not yet completed," president of Sporting Central, Ainsley Lowe, told The Gleaner yesterday.

"The players want more money and we won't hold them back," he said. "Our focus is on opportunities for players overseas as well as locally," Lowe added.

Danger Of Relegation

Sporting Central are in danger of relegation, currently in ninth position on 20 points, two adrift of last placed Barbican.

Lowe admitted that it is a very difficult time for his club to be losing top players.

"It is a very difficult period for us to try to rebuild. Over the years we have found players and sent them out abroad and also here," the club's boss said.

Lowe is confident that the club will recover and remain in the nation's top flight football league.

"We will recover. We know that winning the league is not possible, but relegation is not on my mind," he said.

Sporting suffered a big 6-2 loss to Tivoli Gardens in their last league game on Sunday at home at Juici Park and Lowe explained that they had only 12 players available because of injuries and sickness.

"On Sunday, we had a long list of injured players and then four players were unavailable due to flu. We had one player on the bench," he noted.

"We will continue to bring in young players and also hope that those injured players recover soon. My job is to get players ready," he said.

Meanwhile, Mike Henry, chairman of Humble Lion FC, confirmed his club's interest in the three players.

"We are in discussion with Sporting Central and await a response from Mr Lowe," Henry said yesterday.

"The players came to us, and we approached Sporting Central as the players' career is paramount," he said.