Blackburn hopes to fit Sandals
Sandals South Coast's coach, Aaron Lawrence, believes former Arnett, Cavalier, and Harbour View hitman Claudious Blackburn could be the answer to their goalscoring problems - even though the lanky forward has not scored for his last two Premier League clubs, Boys' Town and Maverley/Hughenden.
However, Claudious, the younger brother of celebrated Arnett striker, veteran Marcellino Blackburn, said his lack of production for those teams were due to school commitments.
Now that he has completed his level two in food preparation, the 27-year-old said that he is focussed on getting back to full fitness and is convinced he can score the goals to help the Westmoreland club survive their Premier League debut season.
"The last part of last season, I started school. I started my level two in food preparation. I was scheduled to finish in December, so I decided to just take the season and finish it up.
"Since I started school, I really didn't train that much. I wanted a plan B, so I just decide to focus on that first, and after I would get back into football. That is why people haven't seen me much in the league," Blackburn told STAR Sports.
With school now out of the way, Blackburn, who was contracted by Sandals during the recent transfer window and played his first game against UWI on Sunday, said the belief coach Aaron Lawrence has in him has motivated him. He is confident that once he can get his physical condition up to the right standard, he will win games for them.
"I spoke to Aaron and he has a good idea of what he wants. The team is playing well and it's just some misfortunes why we haven't been scoring. He called me because he knows I am a talented striker. I will be trying to get some goals for the team and see if I can keep them up.
"Fitness is my biggest problem. I am not as sharp as I used to be, but I have been working with Aaron, pushing out my best, and he has been drilling me to get me back to my best.
"I have been working with him, and the ideas he has are really great. When I get back to full fitness, I definitely believe I can score the goals to keep them in the league," Blackburn added.
Though he is confident of his ability to deliver, he noted that it was still a team game.
"It's going to take all of us. If my teammates don't pass me the ball, I cannot score, but all of us are working on the training ground to make it right.
"We are playing good football but have not been winning games. It was my first game and I came on because of my fitness. I am not as sharp, but I have been pushing it on the training ground. I have been working twice a day so, definitely, sooner, rather than later, I will start getting the goals," he said.