Waite says locals should note overseas-based players' training habits

May 30, 2017
Jerome Waite (right) discusses tactics with goalkeeping coach Warren Barrett at a recent Reggae Boyz training session.

Long-time Arnett Gardens Premier League and Charlie Smith schoolboy Manning Cup coach, Jerome Waite, in his first stint as Reggae Boyz assistant coach, said overseas-based players bring a different attitude to training, which young, aspiring local invitees should try to emulate.

Waite, who garnered most of his national experience at youth level, especially with the Under-23s, said the difference was clear.

"It's a new experience but these youngsters are senior players, who are looking to represent the country. When players from overseas join the team, they always add more to training," he pointed out.

"You have to know the way forward, and discipline is first priority. When they (young players) train with the professionals from overseas, they understand and appreciate the difference between local players and those from overseas, so learning to be more professional and disciplined is something they learn from them, and it's good," he added.

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Waite has won titles locally at schoolboy and club level, taking Charlie Smith to Manning, Walker Cups and Olivier Shield titles in 1995. He also took Arnett Gardens to three Premier League titles, including back-to-back 2001 and 2002, and again in 2015. He believes the new crop of local-based national players are learning and he encouraged them to make the most of the opportunity.

"These youngsters will go through a learning experience as they go along..The senior players are more technically capable, so the youngsters should try to learn as much as they can from them," he said..

Waite was first drafted to the national programme in 1998 by Brazilian Rene Simoes. After working with the Under-23s for some time, he was invited to be an assistant to the senior coaching staff last year, and he, too, has learnt a lot from the overseas professionals, he admitted..

"Over the years I have been with the senior programme it has been a learning process, as well, for me. The training method is not new, but the players from overseas, I like how they deal with training in a disciplined and professional manner," he said.

Asked whether he was eyeing the job of head, Waite said he is focused on doing his best in his present role.

"The coach, who is in charge, it is my duty to assist him.. If and when that day comes, I will think about it, but for now I am the assistant and my job is to give a hundred support to Theodore Whitmore," he said.

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