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Weatherly : Cornwall still very strong

Published:Friday | August 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold

Western Bureau:

Coach of defending daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College, Dr Dean Weatherly, says the school still has a strong team despite losing a few key players.

Cornwall will start the new season next month without Jourdaine Fletcher, last year's Golden Boot winner and the most talked about schoolboy footballer in 2016.

"We have so far managed to retain 80 per cent of our winning squad ... some are awaiting CXC results," Weatherly said while adding that after the examination results are known, he will have a better idea of his final squad.

Coach Weatherly strongly believes that the school's youth programme has the ability to turn out exciting talent that can fill the gaps.

"We have unearth a lot of talent from the Under-14 and Under-16 levels ... and also people who want to join us as champions from outside," he said.

The veteran coach said Cornwall College boast the record of most daCosta Cup wins dating back to 1953 and have become a household name in schoolboy football in the west and so they do not need to scout players.

"Players normally want to come and join us because of our rich history, so most of our team consists of home-grown players. We do not have to go out and scout, Cornwall are not known for doing that," Weatherly added.