Andrae Campbell on brink of football dream

BY LIVINGSTON SCOTT Observer staff reporter

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Former Reggae Boy Altimont Butler is in the island for the weekend along with officials from Norway first division club, Notodden FK, to sign Waterhouse left-back Andrae Campbell, who just completed a two-week trial with the Scandinavian club.

Butler, who travelled with club chairman Per Arne Hanson, said that Campbell impressed during his two weeks in Norway and now they are here to put pen to paper.

"We are here is to sign Andrae Campbell... he was with us on a trial for a few weeks ago and he impressed, so we are going to give him a contract," Butler said.

"We are now hoping by tomorrow (yesterday) we will have pen to paper... because we have the paper work ready... it's just to sign," he added.

Waterhouse president, Ricky Chin, also confirmed that a deal is in place, and though the terms of the contract were not disclosed, the club is looking to sign the papers by Saturday evening (today).

"We have had a good relationship with Notodden... we knew from Andrae came to Waterhouse there was the possibility of him going over to Norway," he said.

"But this has opened doors... and we can have more players going on to Norway to try out," Chin added.

The Waterhouse executive explained that the Drewsland club could earn additional funds as a clause in the arrangement makes provision for additional income should Notodden decides to sell the player to another club.

Chin feels that with the recent sale of Darren Mattocks to Vancounver Whitecaps and now Campbell, his club is steadily building a reputation for exporting players and he believes the country's best young talents will look to joining Waterhouse..

"The better players go to clubs that have the capability of moving players (abroad), so if we can do that we will attract better players... other players will notice what is happening and will give serious consideration in coming to the club," he reasoned.

Meanwhile, Campbell, said hard work has continued to pave the way for his career development and he hopes to keep moving up the football ladder until he can reach the very top.

"The two weeks in Norway was a great experience for me, it's always good for a player to go on trial and get experience and see what it is like in the bigger football world.

"It was a wonderful two weeks and I did my best and my best was good enough to earn me a contract, so I'm just waiting to go back and do my stuff," Campbell told the Jamaica Observer.

The Jamaica senior fullback said the trial was a bit difficult because the Norwegian players are much more physical, while the weather presented another major problem.

"There are a lot of obstacles you have to go up against, but you just have to be mentally ready and go there and put your best foot forward," he said.

Campbell said as a boy he had always dreamt of this moment. "This is something that I have always wanted... and to see it materialise make you feel good," he said.

Campbell said he has been receiving valuable advice from a former Notodden striker, Fabian Taylor.

"Fabian has given me some tips on what to expect... and that has been really helpful," he said.

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