Daley joins Mount Pleasant
...but eyes remain fixed on returning overseas
DALEY...it has always been about performances that can take you anywhere in the world

Former Jamaica youth player and Clarendon College schoolboy standout Nique Daley has signed a two-year deal with St Ann-based Mount Pleasant Football Academy in the Jamaica Premier League (JPL).

The 21-year-old forward is one of 12 players who joined the club that will have former Reggae Boyz Head Coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore at the helm when the season gets underway later this month, a release from the club said.

Daley, formerly a Cavalier player in local football, played in the American United Soccer League (USL) system for Cincinnati FC where he was on loan from Charleston Battery who compete in the USL Championship.

Daley, who has been away from the local game for three years, has set a minimum target of 10 goals.

"I don't want to say much, but the aim is double digits in goals, [and] show the work," he said.

Daley said he does not see the move to Mount Pleasant as a career setback. Instead he sees it as a chance to stake a claim for a return to the United States or elsewhere.

"For me, it has always been about performances that can take you anywhere in the world. I am just going to use the hard work and the experience from the USL [in] the premier league... and do what I know to do, score goals and try to help the team win the title."

Daley, who has represented Jamaica at three levels in youth football — Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 — joined Mount Pleasant FA last week as the club searches for its first national title.

According to the Mount Pleasant FA statement, some of the other players to join the club for the upcoming season are Fakibi Farquharson, Melvin Doxilly, Demario Phillips, Leonardo Jibbison, Shaquille Dyer, Odane Murray, and Tafari Chambers.

PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

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