Bodden Town FC focused on being top again

It was not too long ago that Bodden Town FC ruled the Cayman Premier League with back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, and after a season without any hardware, the team from the islands’ historic capital is ready to rise to the top once again.

BT training

BTFC players take light training ahead of Sunday’s kickoff.

Coach Elbert McLean, who missed considerable time last year for medical reasons, is back in charge and has been working with the squad to be at their best for the 2016-17 campaign that begins Sunday, 2 October.

“It’s been really good,” Coach Elbert said of the pre-season training. “The turnout of the players has been excellent.”

He said he expects a better showing this season because the squad is better prepared than a year ago. Not all the training has been on the pitch, but Bodden Town FC isn’t about to openly dwell into all they have been doing to get ready and tip-off their opponents about their strategy.

Coach Elbert casts a watchful eye over training.

Coach Elbert casts a watchful eye over training.

Bodden Town FC has been relying on a few star players and want to ensure that players are fit enough to make another run to the top of the Premier League table.

“Conditioning is the first thing we work on and the team is pretty fit right now, but we don’t want them to peak too early. I’m pretty confident we’re going to do well this season,” McLean told Thursday night as his players went through light training ahead of their opening fixture against Elite SC on 2 October.

“The attitude with the players is back. So, that’s a positive sign,” the coach said.

Theron Wood is expected to be among BTFC's best.

Theron Wood has been consistent for BTFC.

With much player movement among clubs during the off-season, Bodden Town FC has been fortunate not to lose any of its core but has been able to bring back a few players who suited up elsewhere last season. Jeffrey Calderon (Latinos FC), Andra Allen (Roma United) and Tevon Levien (Academy SC) will be wearing purple and white this time around. Also joining the fold is David McField, who previously played for Cayman Athletic.

Add those names to the likes of Ricoh Brown, Theron Wood, Karl Solomon and Ramon Sealy and you can understand why Coach Elbert is confident of his club’s chances of regaining prominence in the Cayman Premier League. Plus, after losing in the finals of both the President’s Cup and the FA Cup last season, they will no doubt be playing with something to prove.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously made an error with regards to Ricoh Brown’s name. We apologize for the error and any harm caused.

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