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Four RSPL players in Canada PL draft

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:39 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Cavalier’s attackers Alex Thomas, and Nicholas Hamilton, Mount Pleasant midfielder Kevaughn Isaacs, and Molynes United’s Nicholas Nelson could be plying their trade overseas as they have been entered into the Canadian Premier League (CPL) draft, which is scheduled for today in Toronto.

The CPL, which is in its second season, has been expanded from seven to 10 teams next season.

“It is long-term objective of Cavalier to get young players to be playing abroad,” Cavalier technical director Rudolph Speid said. “This year, we transferred three players overseas in Kaheem Paris, Nicque Daley, and Jamoy Topey. So this is just an addition to the work that we are putting in to get the young players to transfer overseas.

“I am feeling very good that I have two players in the draft and it tells us that our number one objective is being achieved as a club.”

Thomas and Hamilton were among the top players in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) last season as they netted a combined 21 goals to help Cavalier reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Marshall finished third in the goalscoring chart with 11 goals while Hamilton ended fourth in the goalscoring table with 10 goals. Nelson, who represented Cavalier last season, also had a stellar year for the club before to moving to Molynes United at the start of this season.

Isaacs also had an outstanding season for last year’s promoted side, Mount Pleasant, where he helped the club to a top-four finish.

Speid said he has capable players within his squad who can step in to fill the void if his players are selected in the draft today.

“We are not perturbed about winning the RSPL because our number-one objective is to prepare our players for the overseas market,” he said.

“These players are some of the best players that Jamaica has to offer that are under 23 years old because this draft is concentrated on [that cohort], so that is the reason why they have been chosen.”

Cavalier are seventh in the RSPL on 22 points.

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