August 8, 2009
Star Sport

Daley seals Tivoli move

file - Keammar Daley

Robert Bailey, Star Writer

National striker Keammar Daley has signed a one-year contract with National Premier League champions Tivoli Gardens, according to the club's manager, Brian Rose.

Rose told Star Sports in an interview yesterday that he has been tracking Daley for the past four seasons and is delighted to have secured his services for the team's upcoming campaign.

"I am extremely happy to have him here because he is a very good player and his attitude and work- manship are very high and very good, and so we are delighted to have him onboard," Rose said.

"I know that every team in the Premier League would love to have him."

Daley previously represented Meadhaven United, who were demoted from the top league last season. Also joining Daley at Tivoli is Knackwayne Parchment along with the Arnett Gardens pair of goalkeeper Julian McCleish and midfielder Horace Sharp.

Daley, who is a former Jamaica College Manning Cup star, scored 12 goals in last season's competition. He also represented the national team at all levels.

"I am confident that he will add a lot of depth to our team, his position and work rate is very high and he should contribute a lot to our efforts in retaining our trophy," Rose said.

Rose added that it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication if they are going to retain the title this season.

"I think that it is going to be much harder for us to retain our title because we are the defending champions and nobody is going to take us lightly," he said.

"Last year the pressure was on Portmore United, but I think it will be us this season," Rose said.

Rose also mentioned that Jermaine Grey, Craig Stewart and Dwayne Ford have not reported for preseason training.

However, Rose added that he did not believe their absence will affect the team's chances of winning the competition.

"I think that with the addition of these four new players, plus, we have promoted five players from our Under-20 squad, that will add some depth, which will help us to retain our title," said Rose.

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