No shortage of strikers - Price

September 20, 2017
Daemion Benjamin (left) of Boys' Town pressures Phillip Peddie (right) of Maverley- Hughenden for the ball during their Premier League football match at the Barbican field last season. Boys' Town won the match 1-0. Peddie has since joined Boys' Town from demoted Maverley-Hughenden and is expected to carry his goalscoring form for his new team.

Boys' Town coach Andrew Price said he believes the Collie Smith Drive outfit has quality strikers to replace Shamar Nicholson, who has transferred to NK Domzale in the Slovenian PravaLiga on a three-year deal.

Nicholson, 20, has scored 32 goals since making his debut for Boys' Town in the local Premier League. He finished on 17 goals last season, one behind league-leader Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson of Tivoli Gardens.

However, Price said that he won't be depending on any one player to come up with goals for the new season, which gets off to a belated start on Sunday.

"I won't be singling out any player as a replacement for Shamar because he has a lot of qualities as a striker," Price told STAR Sports yesterday.

"We have several players in the squad who can score goals, so it will be a collective effort to get the goals," he added.

"We will be looking forward to goals from veterans Rafeik Thomas and Michael Campbell, as well as Phillip Peddie, who scored eight goals for relegated Maverley-Hughenden last season, and also some youngsters coming into the team," he explained.


Goalscoring exploits


Nicholson, whose goalscoring exploits elevated him to the national senior programme, is awaiting a visa and should travel to Slovenia by this weekend.

The Premier League was originally set to start on September 3, but was put on hold after referees withdrew their service for more than $4 million in outstanding payments. The referees were paid more than a week ago, but was further held up by one-year payment row involving Montego Bay United and the Premier League Clubs Association.

The Jamaica Football Federation has said a compromise was arrived at to pay Montego Bay 50 per cent of sums outstanding and the other half in the next three months.

With the league scheduled to kick off on Sunday, Price said the delay has benefited his team.

"The three weeks has certainly benefit the team as we had more time to prepare. We have gotten in some practice games, and we ready for the start," he said.

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