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December 17, 2012
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Striker took a break after phone was stolen

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The issues that have led to Boys' Town being without the services of their top goalscorer Rafiek Thomas for the past three games appear to have been ironed out after the player finally made contact with head coach, Andrew Price, on Saturday, for the first time in two weeks.

The 27-year-old went AWOL following his team's December 2 meeting with Arnett Gardens. Although there were other unsettled matters between Thomas and the management of the club, it seems the theft of his cellphone during a practice session, at the start of the month, was the straw that broke the camel's back.

"It wasn't really the phone thing, but they (Boys' Town team hierarchy) were to communicate with me about something and they didn't and I was getting irritated, so I just decided to take a break," Thomas told Star Sports.

Freak accident

Thomas, who is the league's joint top scorer with seven goals, despite not scoring in his last five games, blamed his absence from training to a freak accident that he suffered while at home in Denham Town.

"I got an injury and I was treating it by myself and because nobody was able to reach me persons started speculating," Thomas said.

"I hit up my right knee on my bed and it aggravated an injury that I had from I was at Harbour View."

Arguments had started to circulate that Thomas, who joined the Red Brigade from Harbour View at the start of the season, was seeking a move to another club, but he has dismissed that claim.

"Everything is good now, I will be back in training on Monday; I won't let the phone thing affect my job," Thomas said. "I will be at Boys' Town for the rest of the season, next season and many more seasons to come."

Price is happy to have back the services of Thomas and plans to reimburse him for the phone, which was reportedly taken out of teammate Garfield Gillespie's bag, while it was resting on a fence during late evening training.

"Rafiek was going through some confidence problems and what happened is that during the period a lot of things happened to him," Price said.

"He lost his phone, there were a lot of criticism levelled at him by spectators and he just really needed to take a break.

"He and I had a very long talk yesterday (Saturday) after training. I told him 'men are made of finer stuff, don't let situations like these let you throw in the towel' and he agreed and said he will be back at training on Monday and all is well."

Thomas is expected to be joined in training, by the team's joint second top scorer, Romeo Parkes, who has missed the last two games due to injury.

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