Harbour View 'ballers impress at trials in Barcelona

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.
com

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

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THE six Harbour View players in Barcelona, Spain, at Lank FC have settled in quite well amidst the adverse cold conditions, and have impressed enough to solicit discussions about possible signings, the Jamaica Observer was told.

Harbour View General Manager Clyde Jureidini, who spent nine days with the players, said that Tyreek Magee, Casseam Priestley, Jabari Howell, Oquassa Chong, Garth Stewart and Tafari Chambers have all showed the mental aptitude required to succeed in varying professional environments.

“They can be signed right now, as there are discussions and offers from clubs already for some of the players and there are discussions that are going on before — because some of these players were in Portugal in November and Sweden in the initial camp that started in September,” said Jureidini.

“They were adapting well. The adaptation was centred around the professional football culture, first and foremost — the right attitude to learn based on the overarching aptitude that one can adapt and change to a professional football culture in Europe, distinctly different than a semi-professional development and culture in the Caribbean, said the Harbour View FC administrator.

Jureidini continued: “It's much more formal (in Europe)... much more rigid, much more focused, much more intense. The adaptation is largely going to call for personal commitment, personal discipline to change and come out of a comfort zone that they are not used [to].

“So those are the mental application, which is really the most important thing. If you noticed they are not talking about skill set yet, which we in Jamaica and we in the Caribbean speak of first and foremost,” noted Jureidini.

“If you can play, that's good and that gets you to the field; but what's most important is how well you can adapt to the culture. So we playing catch-up from we get there,” he added.

The six players, some of whom were in Portugal and Sweden last year, have been in Spain since January 16. Of the bunch, towering central defender Garth Stewart of Seaforth High, who stands at 6 ft 5 inches, is said to have scouts drooling over his height and speed.

There are also seven players from Trinidad and four from Toronto, along with several from Sweden between the ages of 17 and 19 years old, but Jureidini insisted the Jamaicans have been holding their own.

In March there will be a grand showcase involving several clubs from Spain, Sweden and Portugal, filled with scouts and agents who will get a better look at the players in competition.


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