Lawes destined to be among Boyz
Waterhouse central defender Shawn Lawes joined the line of players to have represented Jamaica at all age levels recently when he won his first senior cap against South Korea last month in a friendly international in Turkey.
"I am grateful for the experience to represent the country. To wear the national colours is an honour. I am really grateful for the opportunity to have played against Korea Republic last month in Turkey," Lawes said.
"I had played at all youth levels for the country, from Under-15, Under-17, Under-20, and Under-23. I have done it all, even as a goalkeeper, at the youth level," said the 24-year-old.
Now that he is in the Reggae Boyz squad, Lawes said the aim is to maintain his place.
"There will be a lot of challenges and I'm ready. You have to hit the gym every day and work hard. Now that I am in the national senior team, it is hard work and discipline, on and off the field. All eyes will be on you, so you have to maintain discipline," the former Reno and Cavalier player said.
Lawes joined Waterhouse from Cavalier last season and has fitted in well.
"As a player, I think that my reputation is always good around the league. Coming to Waterhouse, my main focus is to help the team. The stadium is only five minutes away from my home. It was my focus to come and lift Waterhouse. They have been at the bottom of the table for the last three years, so I just went across to help," he said.
Waterhouse are ninth, on 34 points, in the 12-team league, two points outside the top-six qualification play-off zone for the Premier League championship.
"It is still possible for us to win the league. We are in ninth position, but it is a close bunch. One win could bring you into fifth or sixth but we can't get excited. We just have to take each game step by step. The aim is to see Waterhouse in the top six and take it from there," he said.
Waterhouse tackle reigning champions Arnett Gardens in a rescheduled fixture tomorrow at the Drewsland Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.