Vere in it to win – Cousins - RSPL newcomers hunting title

July 30, 2019
Renoir Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.
Renoir Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.

Vere United president Lothan Cousins says his team will go into the 2019-20 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season with the intention to win it all.

Cousins said that the club learned a great deal from their first and only experience in the league three seasons ago when they competed under the name Jamalco. He told STAR Sports that the Clarendon club has been preparing on all fronts to not only reclaim their spot in the league but to solidify their status as a top premier league club, adding that he expects nothing less from his team than a challenge for the RSPL crown.

"We expect to win the competition. We are in it to win it. It makes no sense you enter a competition to just be in that competition. We are in this league to win," he stated.

He admitted that administratively, they were still growing; however, he does not think that it will be long before they achieve the professional standards required to operate at the RSPL level.

"It is a process, but we expect to get to that level in short order. The reality is that we have constructed our program over the last two years as if it was an RSPL programme. "We paid players and provided all the necessities. So we have been operating like an RSPL club because if you are preparing yourself to play in a certain league, you have to prepare yourself for that level, and that's what we have done," he said.

According to Cousins, their first time in the league (2016-17) gave them great insight into how things operate, and they have used that experience to guide their preparation on and off the field.

"We bore the burden through the last RSPL campaign without complaint, and we bore this burden over the last two Confed seasons. We are not awash with cash, but we have committed sponsors like Jamalco and the parish custos, who has helped with the renovation of the field. We want to advance our community through football - that is our vision and mission - and we are well on our way to be ready for the league. We are coming to play attractive football that will be appealing to fans as our aim is to grow our fan base, and you will never do that by playing negative football," he said.

Meanwhile, the Vere United boss said that he would be asking the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) to push back the date of the stadium inspection as the aluminium seating that they intend to install would only arrive a day before it is scheduled.

"We have acquired some aluminium bleachers, but they won't arrive until the 14th of next month, and our field is to be inspected on the 15th or 16th. So we are now going to make contact with the PLCA and let them know we want to push back that date," he said.

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