Cole staying at St Catherine high
St Catherine High School Manning Cup coach, Anthony Patrick, said they intend to improve on their seventh-place finish in the 2017 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup and key to the school's aspirations of challenging for the Corporate Area title is the retention of top striker Jevaughn Cole.
Cole, at 16 years old last season, was the school's most prolific striker throughout last season, netting 10 goals. His exploits put the St John's Road school into the second round of the competition for the first time in years and earned him many admirers.
Patrick admitted that the talented forward had many suitors who tried to pry him away from the St Catherine school over the summer, but said the youngster had too much respect for him, the school, and his peers, to abandon their ambitions.
"We will always keep our player (Cole). He won't be going anywhere. He is like a son to me and to the (team) manager and the school population loves him. So he is going nowhere and so far everyone (all players) is here," he said.
Although the team has done well in the preseason, Patrick insists that Cole's contribution would be vital if they are to break new ground this season. "He was our top scorer last season and we expect him to be the talisman again for us this year. If he is on form, we can go places," Patrick said of the Cavalier FC striker.
"Hopefully, we can do as well as last season. We want to make a mark. We finished seventh last year and we want to do better this season. We are in good stead so we are looking forward to the season. The senior players are doing a whole lot and are pushing the junior players, and that is a pleasure in my sight as a coach.
"So we are looking forward to challenging for the title. We know it will be tough as everybody wants to be champions. So any opportunity you get to grab the title, you have to step towards it, so we will be trying to win our zone and step towards it," he said.