The four footballers based in west
London with Ashford Town, the semi-professional side near Heathrow Airport,
continue to do well.
Bodden Town pair Luigi Hernandez
and Theron Wood, Future’s Mark Ebanks and George Town’s Donald ‘Naddy’ Solomon
Jr, initially went out for a couple of weeks but they will be there until the
end of the season thanks to funding from the Cayman Islands Football Association
and the Cayman government.
Teenager Hernandez is a brilliant
central defender, Wood is a lethal striker, Ebanks, captain of Future, uses his
blinding speed to nip in for most of his goals and Solomon is a versatile
player, equally at ease in defence or midfield.
They have been there since November
and already endured some of the worse winter weather in British history but
they’ve adapted nicely and have impressed player-manager Jamie Lawrence. The
players all hope to get professional contracts at the end of their stay.
Coach Carl Brown, technical
director of Cayman football, returned to the island last week and said: “The
players are doing extremely well, especially Naddy, who seems to have adapted
faster than the others.
“This is an expensive project but
it worth it because it is exposing them to a higher level of football and is
serving as an apprenticeship and taking them out of their comfort zone. It
costs the government $80,000 a year to house a prisoner in Northward, so the
cost of helping these youngsters stay on the right track makes sense.”