'Bigga' Thompson undecided over role next season

April 14, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson (center), clears the ball out of the path of UWI captain Rochame Smith (right) with his head, while Girvon Brown looks on during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the UWI Mona Bowl in 2016.

Arnett Gardens team captain, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, is undecided whether he will continue playing, as he could be moving on to a different role next season, but he is not giving details.

The 34-year-old central defender was a member of the St Andrew Technical High School Manning Cup team coaching staff last year and indications are that he could play a more active role if he decides to call it quits on the pitch.

"I am stilling feel good. The big league has been exciting and there are many talented young players coming up. I just want to help not only at Arnett Gardens, as I like to help people," Thompson told STAR Sports last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) press conference at the Jamaica Football Federation.

 

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"I don't know what I am doing as yet, but I know there will be changes come the end of the season in terms of something. I would not give anything away right now," he shared.

Thompson, who has been the Junglists' captain for the past three seasons, handed the arm band to goalkeeper Damion Hyatt during the latter part of the RSPL regular season.

However, the former Bridgeport High winning Manning Cup captain says that he is still the boss.

"I gave the armband to the goalkeeper for different reasons. I am still the captain at Arnett Gardens, but I think that at one stage we were all over the place in terms of finance. There were a lot of people all over the place in terms of what we do, so I just had to give more people opportunity to function as leaders," Thompson said.

"I handed it to him, but I have always given instructions on the way to go and how we do things. I am still the captain and if I want, I can wear the badge at any time. It was my choice." he added.

Meanwhile, Thompson's team will be looking to overturn a 1-0 loss to Waterhouse FC in the RSPL first leg semi-final when the teams meet in the decisive return game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night.

After schoolboy football, Thompson began his senior club career at his home town club Boys' Town, then moved overseas and played professionally at Notodden FK in Norway, then in England at Barnsley FC, Burton Albion and Hereford United.

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