20 Sep

Morrison ready for Boyz debut

first_imgSheffield United midfielder Ravel Morrison is ready to make his long-awaited Reggae Boyz debut the next time the team turns out for an international game, says team manager Roy Simpson.The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has been trying to acquire the services of the talented midfielder since 2015.However, for one reason or another, the 27-year-old has not been able to make his first appearance for the Boyz.And though the former Manchester United, West Ham, and Lazio player still has some minor paperwork to complete, Simpson said that from all indications, Morrison should be ready to debut in the next Reggae Boyz encounter.“I spoke to Ravel last Tuesday, and he was enquiring about international friendlies for the October window, and that is an indication that he is ready and interested and wants to play now,” he said.“He has a pending issue he needs to sort out, and he has indicated that he is near completion.“It’s an issue I am aware of, and he and his agent are doing the continuous work on it. So it’s only a matter of time,” he said.Morrison, who, as a teenager, was described by Manchester United’s legendary former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, as the “best player he had seen at his age”, spent the second half of the just-concluded season on loan at English championship club Middlesbrough.Simpson also revealed that the federation was in the process of securing four other England-born players, which should strengthen the squad immensely ahead of the World Cup qualifiers set for next June.“I received an email last Thursday from our contact in the UK that all the players we have targeted got appointments at the High Commission for their respective documents.“Some are players we have been scouting for the past two years and have been in discussions with. They have done well in their concluded leagues, and we hope they carry that form over when all is sorted out with us,” he continued.He added that the Reggae Boyz, who are in the final (hexagonal) round of the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, are awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Health to step up preparations.“We still await the go-ahead from ministry because we have submitted our protocols regarding camps and players overseas joining us, so we are just waiting on the ministry’s go-ahead,” he said. [email protected]last_img

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