BOOST!
Faulkland FC aim to strengthen squad for Premier League season
Faulkland FC's Alex Foster (right) turns away from Hopewell United's Calvin Grant in their Jamaica Football Federation Tier Two game played at Wespow Park in June. Faulkland FC won that game and went on to qualify for the Jamaica Premier League next season. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James-based Faulkland FC are moving to boost their squad as they begin their preparation for the Jamaica Premier League season set to start in October.

Coach Gregory Palmer told the Jamaica Observer West on Tuesday that a two-day trial involving at least 14 players from various clubs is scheduled for this week.

"I know that there are at least 14 players, but the president [of the club] is meeting with others," said the coach, adding that, "We are looking for the best possible squad."

It is expected that players who impress the coaching staff will be drafted in the squad.

Last month, Faulkland FC, which was formed 10 years ago, defeated Clarendon Maroons 3-0 in the final of the inaugural Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Tier Two competition played at Drax Hall in St Ann.

GREGORY…we are looking for the best possible squad  .

Faulkland FC had edged the Chapleton Maroons team 3-2 when they met in the regular season on their way to topping the points standings with 26 points, three more than the Clarendon-based team.

Both teams had qualified for the Jamaica Premier League after winning their semi-final games against Falmouth United and Treasure Beach FC, respectively.

Gregory said, following a well-deserved two-week break after the JFF Tier Two competition, the entire squad will be back in training this weekend.

And though making their debut in the Premier League, he stressed that the aim is to win the competition.

"We are looking to win the competition. Any competition that we are in, the aim is to win it, nothing else," Gregory stressed.

Meanwhile, the coach lauded the sponsors of the club for their commitment to the team.

He thanked First Choice Finance, Garden Value Plus Wholesale and Hardware, W& W Visionary Sports Wear, and Time and Patience Bakery for their unwavering support as he urged other sponsors to come on board.

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

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