Atkinson eyes European mainland
PHOENIX Academy graduate Kevaughn Atkinson said he is hoping his performance during this season's Maltese League will propel him to greater things next season.
Atkinson, a former Calabar High School striker, is among three Phoenix Academy graduates now playing for St Andrew.
The powerfully built player, who has netted six goals so far this season, told STAR Sports he is working hard this season to secure a move away from the Maltese League.
"My aim is to score some goals and get out of there because I know my talent doesn't stop there. I just have to push more because Leon is doing it. I just have to do it too," said Atkinson.
Bailey, a Phoenix graduate, now plies his trade for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.
"My performances have been okay so far. I have been working on it. The last game I played before the Christmas break, I scored the winner for the team in the 84th minute," he said.
"It has been great playing the in Maltese league but I have played in Belgium before, at a younger age, and I think Belgium is a higher level. It is for me step up in this league that I am playing in and show what I have," Atkinson said.
Also playing at St Andrew are Kyle Bulter and Martin Davis.
"It's a nice club, knowing all the foreigners are Jamaicans and we are also teammates from Phoenix. I think we are working towards great things right now but we just need to get ourselves sorted out and just go for it.
Atkinson, who has been at the Phoenix Academy since age seven, has credited the academy's technical director, Craig Bulter, for his success so far.
"I know I am a good striker because Craig always say I am the best striker and I believe that," Atkinson said.