Long time coming - Miller says UWI move not by chance

August 24, 2017
University of the West Indies coach, Marcel Gayle, addresses his players at half time during a Premier League match against Reno at UWI Bowl.
Cavalier's Ryan Miller clears the ball while under pressure from Sandals player Leonardo Rankine (front) in their Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Red Stripe Premier League playoff game at the Stdaium East field on Sunday July2.

The pair of Cavalier 'born and raised' Ryan Miller and Oshane Jenkins have ditched their whites for the University of the West Indies' (UWI) red-and-white stripes for the new Premier League season, which kicks off on September 3.

The transfers were made official last Monday ahead of the first transfer window, which closes tomorrow. Miller and Jenkins rose through the youth teams at Cavalier and were key members of the squad that won promotion after spending a season in the Corporate Super League.

Coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle confirmed that Miller and Jenkins are now UWI players.

"They (Miller and Jenkins) are officially UWI players. The transfer was finalised last Monday," Gayle told STAR Sports earlier this week.

"I am happy with the two players coming to UWI. I worked with both players at St George's College in schoolboy football. They are utility players. This will be a continuation of their development," he added.

Cavalier's manager, Kishana Williamson, confirmed the move.

"They are transferred to UWI," Williamson said on Tuesday.

Miller, who initiated his move, said that he intends to end his local career at UWI unless a better deal emerges from overseas.


Good atmosphere


"I think it is a better opportunity. That is what I want - to go somewhere where I can play some good football and help UWI in the best way that I can," said Miller.

"The vibe in the camp is good, and the players wanted us there from last season. They believed that the team would have done better. It is a good atmosphere at UWI, so far.

"Oshane and I were thinking about the move for a long time. We are happy to be at UWI. We don't have a long-term deal, but I want to end my local career at UWI," 20-year-old Miller added.

Jenkins, who represented Jamaica at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2011, said it was a good opportunity for his educational ambition.

"I always wanted to go to UWI because of education. They also have a youth system, so my talent will blend in at UWI. Nothing personal, just want a change in life for me and my family," he said.

"I have been training at UWI for the past two weeks and been discussing the move with Fuzzy, and it finally came through on Monday. I am just looking forward to starting the season at UWI.

"Fuzzy coached Ryan and me at St George's College, and we have an understanding. He knows how to get the best out of us," the 23-year-old added.

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