Older, wiser 'Bigga' not ready to quit

June 02, 2017
Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson

Arnett Gardens captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson said that he is not yet ready to quit playing the game he loves so much.

Thompson made his debut at the senior level in 2003 for home team Boys' Town and is still playing in the nation's top-flight league, 14 years later.

"I am looking forward to playing for Arnett next year. I am not ready to quit," Thompson, who is popularly called 'Bigga' because of his build, told STAR Sports recently.

"I am only 33 and can still compete locally, so as long as the desire to play is there, I will continue next year," the central defender and midfielder, who turns 34 in August, added.

He pointed out that in Jamaica footballers are written off in their 30s.

"But look at international stars such as Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and others ... they are still playing in the 30s," Thompson said.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL

 

Thompson hopes to lead Arnett Gardens to their second hold on the Red Stripe Premier League title in three seasons, when his side opposes Portmore United in the final next Monday at the National Stadium, starting at 8:30 p.m.

"I am looking forward to our second final in three seasons and lifting the title for the second time since winning in 2015," he concluded.

The towering defender started his career at Boys' Town then gained a professional contract with Norwegian side Notodden in 2007. He also played at English clubs such as Barnsley, Burton Albion and Hereford United from 2009 until 2011.

He also led Bridgeport High to the schoolboy Manning Cup and Walker Cup titles in 2001.

Thompson agreed to cancel his contract with Barnsley and returned home, where he reunited with Boys' Town for three seasons. He then transferred to neighbouring Arnett Gardens in 2014, where he has been since.

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