'I want 20 or more goals' - Portmore striker East sets RSPL targets

January 02, 2018
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Portmore United's Javon East (left) battles with Romaine Brakenridge of Tivoli Gardens during a Red Stripe Premier League match at Edward Seaga Complex last season.

Portmore United striker Javon East, who assumed the lead for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) golden boot on the last match day, said his improved form this season is down to him being more focused.

East, who burst on the scene in the 2015/2016 season, scored ten goals to help Portmore to the final, but had a major dip in form last season, only netted seven times over the campaign.

But despite a slow start to this campaign, the 22 year-old has gradually picked up and against the University of West Indies (UWI), he netted his 11th goal of the season, surpassing his previous best, to lead the goal scoring charts.

"Last season I had a late start and I was not focused as a striker. I know my ability and I was very poor. But I looked at my mistakes and where I went wrong, so I can be a better player this season.

"This season I am focused more on what a striker normally does. I do a lot of finishing after training and the extra work is paying off," he said.

"I am also more focused on the team and the more I focus on the team (good) things happen. But the players who are regulars, have to have what it takes to play with the ball and without the ball, and that is helping my game. So doing more work without the ball is helping me to score," he added.

 

GOLDEN BOOT

 

The left-footer face tough competition for the goal scoring title from Reno's Craig Foster (10), Arnett Gardens' Fabian Reid (10), UWI's Ryan Miller (9) and team-mate, Ricardo Morris (9). However, he is not paying too much attention to winning the golden boot award but instead wants to help Portmore lift their first title since 2012.

"I am not focusing on the leading scorer (title). I already have double digits so I am looking for 20 plus (goals). But as long as I am injury-free and in the (starting) 11, I believe I can help the team a lot. We are here to stay on top of the league, that is the main focus. So I have to push myself for the rest of the season to make sure I earn my spot (in team)," he said.

The striker also believes his best is yet to come.

"I expected it (good form). But I had to work hard. But I think I can do more because of the talent I have and you are going to see more things happen this year," he assured.

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