'Red Brigade' pushing for sixth-place finish
After surviving relegation last season, former national club champions Boys' Town is aiming for a top-six finish in the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in order to challenge for the title, despite again playing home games away from the famed Collie Smith venue.
Long-serving Boys' Town head coach Andrew Price said they are better equipped with seven new players to bolster the squad. The players were transferred during the first window that closed last Friday.
Among the new players in the 'Red Brigade' are Phillip Peddie and Wayne Williams, both formerly of relegated Maverley-Hughenden.
The other players they took on this season are Raheem Porter (Christian Pen), Renardo Smith (Arnett Gardens), Patrick Scott (Real Mona), Damion Blackburn (Waterhouse) and Dexter Manning (Whitfield Town).
Price believes that the club can push for a top-six finish with national players Jamiel Hardware, who scored on his senior team debut against Trinidad and Tobago last Thursday in Trinidad, and 20-year-old striker Shamar Nicholson, who started in the friendly international.
GET TO TOP SIX
"The push is to get into the top six and take it from there. We have brought in some experienced players, and also youngsters, to add to the squad," Price told STAR Sports yesterday, ahead of the start of the RSPL on September 3.
Peddie was Maverley's top goal-scorer. Williams also impressed the Boys' Town management during the pre-season.
Price also spoke highly of Nicholson, who has been a regular in the Reggae Boyz squad this year.
"Nicholson has been a model player, who started in the Premier League from he was 17 years old and scoring goal for the last three seasons. It is good to have national players in the squad, as they can serve to motivate other players," the coach added.
The team will be at Barbican football field again this season as their home is being repaired. This is the third season at the east St Andrew club.