Caymanian Solomon lands at new English club

Former Cayman Islands U20 football captain Donald Solomon has switched clubs and moved up to the Hellenic League Premier League in England, going from Tytherington Rocks to Longlevens AFC.

The 28-year-old impressed his new club’s coaches during a recent game against them despite losing 8-1.

“He had a lot of heart and work ethic when we faced him… and when we heard he was available I thought, what have we got to lose?” said Longlevens boss Mark Moore, according to a post on the club’s website.

After one training session, Solomon was handed his debut on Saturday. “It was an ideal chance to look at him and there was no better place to start than a derby game at home,” Moore said.

Solomon, who has also played for the Cayman Islands national team in World Cup qualifying, explained why he was eager to move up from the Hellenic League Division One West to the Hellenic League Premier Division with the Gloucestershire-based club.

“My then manager (Ian Logan-Giles) resigned and said he will help me to find a club. After the game, one of the Longlevens coaches was having a chat, saying what he likes about me during the game. I got in touch with Longlevens and I was on board. I was happy going to a league higher with a great club that I’ve heard a lot about,” said the former George Town Sports Club defender.

“My aim for the season is try to be in the team as much as possible, be consistent in every game and do well in the cup competitions,” Solomon added.

Moore said he hopes the Caymanian has a successful run at the club. “We will continue to look at him and see how he goes. We aren’t a club to turn anyone down who wants to step up and have a go, as long as he keeps working hard and applies himself then he has every chance,” he said.

Solomon made the move from the Cayman Islands to England after being signed to play for Ashford Town FC in 2010 along with other local stars Mark Ebanks, Luigi Hernandez and Theron Wood.

The Hellenic League Premier League is a feeder for the Southern League featuring semi-professional clubs.


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