RSPL: STAR Player of the Month – September: Girvan Brown
In 2007 at the age of 21, Girvan Brown left his beloved community club Waterhouse, where he played for his entire youth football career, because he felt he was not getting enough playing time at the senior level.
A renowned goalscorer in his youth football days, Brown left for Harbour View and won the inaugural JFF Under-21 League that season. He eventually made the transition to Harbour View's senior team but soon left for St George's in Portland. That was soon followed by spells at Cavalier and then UWI.
However, after a decade away from home, Brown, under the influence of new Waterhouse senior team head coach Marcel Gayle, who also coached him during his youth days at the club and again at UWI, decided to return to Drewsland to fulfil his ambitions.
"Waterhouse is my home; it's where I'm from, it's where I still live. So it wasn't hard to make the move. Marcel Gayle has been coaching me since I was 11.
"I believe I was ready but wasn't getting enough opportunity in the senior team, then I left for Harbour View, and I have been out for a while. But I think it is time to make the move back, and so, I'm just returning now," he told STAR Sports.
Brown has proven himself to be a consistent goalscorer in the league, whether from midfield or as a striker, and this season, he continues that trend with three goals and an assist in five games, making him the league’s leading marksman.
He puts his early-season success down to the hard work that he has been putting in recently.
"Since I have been back, I have pushed myself hard in training. In the practice games, I have scored consistently, so I was expecting the good start. I am feeling very good right now. I am looking forward to the games to come, and I have a lot more to contribute," Brown said.
The player was also pleased to be named THE STAR'S Player of the Month of September. "I am feeling good to be the STAR Player of the Month. This is because of the work I have been putting in over the past two months. I have put in some hard work, and that has been paying off," he added.