Arnett begins late preseason prep

August 08, 2017
Jabbur Johnson of Arnett Gardens' (left) is chased by Portmore United's Maalique Foster in the Red Stripe Premier League final at the National Stadium on June 5.
Jerome Waite

Reigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Arnett Gardens is off to a late pre-season preparation because head coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite was away with Jamaica's Gold Cup team.

Arnett is set to start pre-season today at their Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.

"It is a late, late, start. Basically I was away with the national senior team as assistant coach. We had things in place for the team to start earlier with the assistant coach (Orlando Clarke) but it did not happen," Waite told STAR Sports yesterday.

Waite said some of Arnett's regular players are away on vacation, so it gives the club opportunity to look at other players.

"Every year, we look at players. We have to give players opportunities. We are not going to turn away players without taking good looks. This is a chance to discover players," Waite who arrived back in the island from the Gold Cup in USA a week ago, added.

'The core of players are in the United States, so whenever each player come back that is when pre-season start for that particular player," the long-serving Arnett coach explained.

Despite the late pre-season, Waite said that the aim is to retain the nation's elite title.

"We are the defending champions, so the aim is to defend the title. Every team wants to win the title," he added.

Arnett Gardens defeated Portmore United 2-1 in last season's RSPL final on June 5 at the National Stadium.

The new season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 3.

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