Watson boost for cellar dwellers Humble Lion

July 28, 2021
Je-Vaughn Watson (left) in action for Jamaica during a friendly match against Canada in September 2017.
Je-Vaughn Watson (left) in action for Jamaica during a friendly match against Canada in September 2017.
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Jamaica Premier League (JPL) strugglers Humble Lion could get a much-needed boost for the second half of their season, as the club is looking to secure veteran national midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson for the remainder of the campaign.

According to Humble Lion coach Andrew Price, the 37-year-old player, who is currently a free agent, has been training with the club for the past two weeks and they are eager to have him in their line-up.

"He is an experienced player, and he has been training with the squad a couple weeks now and his presence has been felt.

"He has brought a lot of leadership and experience and we are now awaiting his ITC (international transfer certificate)," Price said.

The Clarendon-based Humble Lion have failed to earn a point in five matches so far this season and following his team's 3-0 defeat by Portmore United on Sunday, Price said his team lacked energy, and even though Watson is in the twilight of his career, he noted that the former Sporting Central star remains a player of immense energy and along with his leadership qualities, he thinks he will be a real boost for the second half of the season.

"He is a veteran with energy and motivation, and we need some leadership, especially for the young players that are coming along.

"We hope he provides that leadership and guidance as a professional, because a lot of these young players want to be professionals and they need to start training and playing in a manner so they can get professional contracts, and what better way to learn than from a person who has been there and done that.

"So definitely expect him to make a difference in our season," he said.

Watson has played 85 times for Jamaica, scoring four goals. He was Theodore Whitmore's first choice at defensive midfield for a number of years but lost his place in the team, as he has struggled to secure a long-term professional contract since 2019.

He last signed for Austin Bold in the United Soccer League in September 2020, but has been out of contract since January of this year.

Watson spent the bulk of his professional career in Major League Soccer with the Houston Dynamos, FC Dallas and New England Revolution.

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com

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