Quality not quantity, says UWI coach

August 29, 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.

Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, coach of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said his club has shopped for players to fill roles, not to add to their roster for the Premier League, which starts its new season on Sunday.

"The nucleus of the team is still here. We looked at certain positions and decided to get players to fill those positions," Gayle told STAR Sports.

UWI completed deals for four players during the transfer window that closed last Friday, acquiring former national youth players Oshane Jenkins and Ryan Miller, formerly of Cavalier, where they both spent more than five years, but decided to leave after playing crucial roles in their former club's promotion to the Premiership.

Miller is a midfielder, who was the top goalscorer in the Corporate Area Super League and Jackie Bell knockout competitions last season. Cavalier won the Super League title.

 

Dead-ball situations

 

Miller, 20, has qualities including passing, a good kick, especially from dead-ball situations and goalscoring ability. Jenkins, 23, has the capability to play in various positions. He also have good goalscoring ability.

Both players have reunited with Gayle, who they worked with at St George's College in schoolboy football, being members of the tripe championship team in 2011, winning the Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield titles.

Joining the former Cavalier pair are Stephen Barnett and Fabian McCarthy. Barnett is coming from Harbour View where he was unable to gain regular playing time. The former Hydel High attacker's main strength is pace. The 21-year-old kicks well and has the ability to score goals.

McCarthy, 27, is a versatile player who can be used as a central defender and midfielder. He was a member of the Montego Bay United team that won the Premier League in 2016. His quality and ability to score goals will boost UWI he also has the.

Promoted in 2015, after two seasons in the Premier League, UWI first finished fifth position and fourth in 2016-2017.

"We want to get to the final. Anything can happen in a final. We can't hide no more. People are knowing about us," Gayle said of his team's chances of winning the title this season.

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