I got options - Speid rushes to market
After losing two of their most experienced players to the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cavalier have signed goalkeeper Peter Harrison from Arnett Gardens and defender Oshane Roberts from Waterhouse.
Former national Under-20 players Ryan Miller and Oshane Jenkins initiated their moves to UWI, handing in transfer requests after more than five years at Cavalier.
However, Cavalier's president, Rudolph Speid, told STAR Sports that his club would not be affected by the players' departure because they have adequate replacements.
"It is not a big deal because same like how we gave those players an opportunity to play at a young age, we are just going to give some other youngsters an opportunity to play," said Speid.
"Cavalier have a lot of budding, young players in the wings because our 17-year-old player Kaheem Parris was called up to the national senior team for the match against Trinidad and Tobago. He and Ryan Miller played the same position.
"A lot of players leave the club and players come in, but one must remember that we have a factory of young, exciting talents coming through. Ryan Miller played for our senior team at age 15 and Jenkins at age 17. We have a lot of those in the club, and so this now gives the other youngsters an opportunity to play.
Speid said that the addition of goalkeeper Harrison and Roberts to his squad would further strengthen its chances of finishing in the top six this season.
"He was one of the best goalkeepers in the league, coming from a championship team. He and (Damion) Hyatt fought to start in goal for Arnett," he pointed out.
"Goalkeeping is always one of my biggest problems, and now he comes in, I think that I have better chance," said Speid.
"Oshane Roberts is one of the best wing backs in the country, and I think this is a big coup because he has excellent abilities and reads the game well."