Harbour View’s Talbott looks to make his mark in Portugal
Harbour View club captain Ajeanie Talbott says hard work during the current Jamaica Premier League season got him his move to Portugal third division club Sporting Clube Sao Joao De Ver and he is committed to working even harder to make his mark in the league.
The former Jamaica College captain signed a three-month loan agreement with the Portuguese club, with the possibility for an extension and the highly rated local defender insists the next 90 days will be crucial for him to make an impact.
Speaking from Portugal yesterday, Talbott said "This move means a lot to me. I am really looking to kick-start my professional career and see how far I can take it.
"I do not know much about the club or the league but yesterday (Monday, his first day) in training the guys gave me a warm welcome.
"I will not put a day to my debut but I know once I am in training and I am performing well and doing what the coach wants, he will surely give me my opportunity.
"But nothing comes easy. Hard work is what got me here and it is the same hard work that I have made up my mind to put in day in day out on the field and see how far God is willing to take me."
He added "So the three months will definitely be crucial and it is really up to me to go out and perform to the best of my ability. But I am fully prepared to make the most of this opportunity."
Talbott, who has represented only Harbour View in local football, noted that he not only admires the brand of football they play at Sporting Clube but also their approach to training.
"The training session was really high intense and the ball was flowing and it felt good. On the day I didn't have many problems, apart from communication issues.
"But footballers know one language (football) and know how to communicate and get along well.
"So it has all started well and I must say thanks to the club, as they have given me a life-changing opportunity.
"I will be playing in a higher intensity league but once I am able to perform well I am hoping and trusting that my efforts will be rewarded," he continued.
The 23 year old defender who has played four senior national team games for the Reggae Boyz, anticipates that making his mark in Portugal could earn him a recall to the national programme as well.
"Once I am here and playing well, I hope that I will get a national call-up again," he said.