'Hard work pays off' - Samuels earns first Jamaica call
WATERHOUSE captain Damarley Samuels has earned his first call-up to the Reggae Boyz squad, four months after returning from a long lay-off, caused by a broken leg in a Red Stripe Premier League encounter in 2016.
After a one-year absence, Samuels return to Waterhouse in January and helped them save relegation as they struggled for majority of the season.
The former Cornwall College daCosta Cup star said he was not surprised at his first call-up to the national senior men's football team preparing for an away friendly against Peru on June 13, as well as the Caribbean Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup during the summer.
VERY GOOD FEELING
"I must give thanks to my teammates at Waterhouse. When you put in the hard work it usually pays off," Samuels told STAR Sports during a training session at Stadium East on Tuesday.
"They saw what I did and included me in the squad. It is a very good feeling to be here, so I will continue the work. I was out for about a year, spent some time away then returned to Waterhouse in January," he said.
With the squad comprising of majority local club players, Samuels is happy that the Jamaica Football Federation is looking at home-based players.
"I feel proud that we have so many young local-based players in the training group, so that is a plus," the 27-year-old defender/midfielder pointed out.