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Sawyers heading for Humble Lions

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Premier League debutants Humble Lions are set to pull off the coup of the season during the second transfer which runs for the duration of this month, when they secure the services of possibly the top goalkeeper in the country.

The Clarendon-based club, who inched their way out of the relegation zone on the weekend with a 1-0 win over Village United at Elliston Wakeland, are close to tying up a deal with national goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers. A move for the 33-year-old Sawyers will bring to an end an association which began in 1997 with the club which was then known as Hazard and operated out of Clarendon.

Sawyers himself confirmed that he would be moving from the club that he has called home for almost 13 years.

"Yes, I am going. I have told Portmore United that I am going, but it is now for Humble Lions to finalise the terms of the arrangements with them.

"The truth is that I have to look at the situation in a realistic way. I am not playing many games, and with me not playing that many games I am losing my sharpness, which will not help me at all. At my age, I still think I am good enough to perform at the highest level so I have to look out for my interest," said the man who has close to 30 national caps and was part of the country's squad which won the 2005 Digicel Caribbean Championship.

no bad feelings

Sawyers, who copped the goalkeeper-of-the-year award from 2000-2008 and was only displaced by Dwayne Miller in 2009, said there is no bad feelings on his part and that he hopes Portmore United see it in a similar way.

"When Dwayne (Kerr) arrived we automatically went into a sharing mode, which I understood. This season I did not play for the first four games, I then played two games and the next four games I did not play. I have not played more than about five games, which cannot be good for me," Sawyers explained.

Competition is not something from which Sawyers has shied away, as throughout his career, despite being considered as the best goalkeeper in the country for a number of years, he was unable to break into the national set-up, with the likes of Warren Barrett, Aaron Lawrence and Donovan Ricketts ahead of him. At this stage, the situation is different.

"This is just business and really I need a new motivation," added the player who made his national debut in 2002 and who has the distinction of being the only goalkeeper to win player-of-the-year award in the Premier League.