MAY PEN, Clarendon — Coach Lenny Hyde believes the meteoric rise of goalkeeper Garth Herron is evidence they have the capacity to groom young players at Humble Lion.
Herron, a former Edwin Allen High goalie, joined Humble Lion as an Under-21 player following their promotion to the National Premier League in 2009/10 but worked his way up the ranks with a string of impressive performances.
Last season, with the club struggling to replace Shawn Sawyers, he shone brightest amongst the four 'keepers used, which cemented his place as the team's number one heading into the current campaign.
"He's one of (many youngsters) that we have an eye on for this season," Hyde told the Jamaica Observer. "He's one of the first players at training and you can always count on him to give 100 per cent.
"Garth is always willing to listen and that's why he's been doing so well this season, but he's a young goalkeeper and still has a lot to learn."
Herron started all seven of Humble Lion's games this season — keeping three clean sheets while conceding five goals.
Perhaps his most impressive performance so far came in Sunday's 1-0 home win against Boys' Town where he saved a 77th-minute Rafiek Thomas penalty to preserve his side's slender advantage.
After the game, he was lauded by assistant coach Max Straw, who said: "Garth is a very focused and disciplined player; very religious and I guess that helps him with his game.
"We are very glad to have him because as you know we had some problems in our goalkeeping department last season, but Garth has been steady for us and we are thankful for that."