Speid to stick with youthful squad

June 27, 2017

Cavalier's technical director, Rudolph Speid, will stick with his young charges for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season and he's confident there's enough experience in their current ranks to compete with the best in Jamaica.

Cavalier celebrated their return to top-flight football Sunday with a 2-0 win over Priory at Drax Hall on Sunday.

Speid insists they will make very little change for the Premier League and says if they bring in players it will be quality youths.

"We have some top youth players and that is what we are catering for, youth players. The youth system won't change. So we will not be going for senior players. We will look for young players," he said.

The youthful squad includes 17-year-old Kaheem Parris and Alex Marshall, who is 19.


Short on experience


"We have three 21-year-olds and only three players are over 25," Speid told STAR Sports.

"If it wasn't for our youth system it would have been difficult to come back (RSPL). All our players over 25 are no longer with the club. So it's the youth system that really brought us back in the first year," he added.

He doesn't think they will be short on experience however.

"Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins, Nicholas Hamilton may be 21 but they have more than five years experience playing senior football. They are young but they are experience and are all former national players," he noted.

He added that they learned their lessons from relegation.

"When we got relegated we made some miscalculations but we are not thinking about relegation we are thinking about challenging Being relegated taught us a lesson. Now we are back, we understand the system perfectly and we are ready to go. We are older, wiser and our aim is to reach the top," he said.

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