Flurry of transfers ahead of RSPL opener
OUT-OF-FAVOUR national players Roland Dean, Eric Vernon and Evan Taylor have joined the ranks of Harbour View FC following the closure of the Premier League transfer window last Friday.
Dean, 30, a prolific striker who came up through the Tivoli Gardens ranks, has moved to Harbour View in what might be arguably the most surprising move of all.
Vernon began his career with Portmore United in 2006 before spending two seasons with Norwegian team Nybergsund. The versatile wing-back who can also play midfield made his international debut on July 26, 2008, in a friendly against El Salvador.
Taylor, 23, who was thrown into a World Cup Qualifier by Rene Simoes as an unknown 18-year-old in 2008, made the season long loan move from the relegated Reno FC of Westmoreland.
Tivoli Gardens have also lost the services of Kevin Blackford, who has joined his brother, Jermaine Hue, at Harbour View and another national player, Mitchily Waul, to promoted Cavalier.
The David Lalor-coached Cavalier also snared young national goalkeeper Gariece McPherson from Portmore, along with Girvon Brown of Arnett Gardens.
With the Red Stripe Premier League tentatively set for Sunday, September 2, the clubs are busy finalising their transfers, with newly-promoted Savannah FC being the busiest, bringing in approximately 20 players as they strengthen for the start of the season.
The Westmoreland outfit has secured the services of at least five Reno players -- Linval Wilson Jnr, Davion Thorpe, Paul Salmon, Triston Cunningham and Gavine Barrett.
Savannah also got players from Mount Pelier, Mount Grace FC, Lucea FC, Benfica, Frome FC and Montego Bay United.
Montego Bay United, who are expected to challenge for the title this season, brought in five players from relegated Village United -- Graeme Green, Orlando McBayne, Cordell Simpson, Shavar Campbell and Ladale Ritchie.
There are also two overseas players from Alpha United in Guyana in Dwight Peters and Richard Reynolds in the MoBay United, alongside Leslie St Fleur of Bahamas.
Both Jermaine Allen of Boys' Town and Fabian Campbell of Harbour View have returned to their boyhood club, Tivoli, along with livewire Akeem Thenstead of Waterhouse and Terrence Allen of Santos.
The promising Kemal "Tull" Malcolm, who led St George's College to the Manning Cup title in 2008, makes the switch from Waterhouse to Arnett and should be joined by Elton Thompson from Harbour View.
Towering National Undcer-20 centre-half Shawn Lawes also joins Arnett to shore up an area masterminded by William Richards.
Champions Portmore have replaced goalkeeper McPherson with Maurico Gordon from Montego Bay and have also secured promising young striker Kendon Anderson of St George's and Cavalier.
National Under-17 player Ishmail Currie of York Town has also made the trek to Portmore.