James hunting Reggae Boyz return

February 05, 2018

After scoring on debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17-year-old, Jorginho James is awaiting another stint with the national senior team.

James, who was attending Kingston College at the time, came off the bench on February 22, 2012 against Cuba in the 82nd minute and netted five minutes later in a 1-0 win at the National Stadium. He went on to represent the Reggae Boyz in two other games, but fell out of favour.

"I am really looking forward to another season on loan to Rio Grande Valley FC in the United States League (USL). Every player should have an ambition to play for their country, if not you should quit," James told STAR Sports from his base in Houston, USA.

"It is always good to play in front of your own people and they are cheering you on and stuff like that. It is just amazing, I can't explain. It is always a wonderful feeling to put on the national colours, something I have not done for a while. I can't wait," he expressed.

"It is also good to know that the local guys are getting more opportunity to play for the national team. I am friends with some of them and have played against some of them in the USL. They all motivate me to continue working hard and doing what I am doing," he added.




"It's been a long while, but my chance will come again. It is just patience. I play against like Fisher and the Portland Timbers Jamaican guys. When playing against them, I don't want them to beat me. I am the only Jamaican on my team, so it is always good to play against other Jamaicans," James pointed out.

James started at Harbour View in the Under-13 level and climbed swiftly to the senior team.

"Harbour View is more than just a club for me, personally. It is like a family, if I need anything I can link anyone there. I can pick up my phone and call anyone of them for advice or things like that. That played a very important role in my career,' he recounted.

"I remember before I played for the national team, I was playing first-team football for Harbour View. At 16, I was playing in the Premier League. Giving me game time and playing against bigger boys prepared me for things to come," he concluded.

James re-signed for a second year until December 2018 to Rio Grande Valley FC after making 44 appearances in which he converted two goals.

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