Stewart may hang up boots
Monday-night football seems to get the best out of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) as players want to shine when the spotlight is on. One such player was Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, so much so the former Waterhouse player was given the moniker Mr Monday Night. Now, another Waterhouse FC player has taken up the mantle to seize the stage Monday night football offers, Tramaine Stewart.
The former Portmore United attacker scored on yet another Monday night when his team entertained Humble Lion FC in Drewsland in an exciting encounter that ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts.
"Well, as you know, Tuffy Anderson was called 'Mr Monday Night', and now, my teammates here have decided that I should have the name, so I just have to continue doing what I am doing and live up to the title and the reputation that comes with it," a buoyant Stewart said.
Stewart has been a man on a mission this season. Not only has he been scoring goals, a tally that now stands at 10, his second most prolific season yet, but he is working his socks off for his team. Such efforts the striker attributes to the joy and comfort he is feeling, which have transcended to his performances on the pitch.
"This season, I am happy and I'm comfortable. I am grateful for my teammates and my family, who are helping to come out each and every night to put in the work. I'm scoring goals, so I am happy", he said.
Now at age 30, the player seems to be hitting the peak of his powers. however that might be short-lived, and defenders in the RSPL could be breathing a massive sigh of relief as there has been talk that he may soon hang up his cleats come the end of the season. Stewart said that his love for the game has not wavered, nor his appreciation of the league, but the final decision is not solely his.
"It is not just my thoughts, thinking or decision; it's a family decision. I have to sit down with my family to figure out and see what the next move will be for me. If there is the possibility of me playing on, I will take it another season or two, maybe, but I have to see."
It is a move that may surprise many as there are players his age and beyond still playing and doing great things in the league. Stewart said that while things may look great on the pitch, off the pitch and behind the scenes, it is a different picture that is painted.
"Well, as you know, football is our life, but it makes no sense to be playing and not achieving enough for yourself, and your family especially. It doesn't mean I have given up on or are unappreciative of the league, but for me, family comes first. If it means I have to go on a different path to provide for and secure the needs of my family, then I just have to do it."