Unity the key for Cayman Athletic

There’s a sense of togetherness among the players at Cayman Athletic Sports Club. It’s this camaraderie the squad hope will prove its worth during the upcoming 2016-17 Cayman Premier League season.

With several players switching allegiance during the offseason, Cayman Athletic appears to have kept its core intact. “The guys who are staying are guys who want to be together,” said technical director Ernie “Gillie” Seymour.

He said those who leave because they think the grass is greener elsewhere have the right to do so but he’s happy to have retained players. “What we have seen in terms of the nucleus is that the guys who stayed together until the end of last season are back. That’s a good sign.”

After time with Elite SC, Matthew Subberan is back with the George Town club. “The door was never closed to any of our sons. We don’t close the door on any of them. Having Matthew back is saying welcome home,” Coach Gillie told CaymanSportsBuzz.com.

CASC players train ahead of the season.

CASC players train ahead of the season.

The final Cayman Athletic squad for the premiership season was still being decided when we stopped by training at the Annex a few days before the star of the season. Head coach Lovane Joven was putting the players through the paces but the technical director already had his eyes on the mission ahead.

“The goal for me, always, is to remain in the premiership. That’s one of our goals and if we can get the players to commit fully, we’ll challenge for the championship,” Seymour said.

Central midfielder Stephen Tatum agreed. “I think we have a good chance once we listen to Coach Gil and we keep disciplined. Our fitness is good. We had a good pre-season [and] I’m looking forward to a good season.”

Tatum said he expects their strength to be in midfield and among the forwards. “We’re cohesive. So, we should be good.”

Martin Webb has been a solid performer as an attacking midfielder and is tipped to play more as a forward this season.  “I feel happy that he believes in me as a coach and I just want to make him proud and show him that I can do it,” Webb said.

He also shared the outlook of Seymour and Tatum. “The team looks like we want to come and win it this season. Everybody is working hard together, putting in the extra work. It should be a good season,” he told CaymanSportsBuzz.com as he stepped away from training for a brief chat.

Is there any other club Webb is particularly looking forward to facing? “Anybody come, we ready!” he said emphatically.

Cayman Athletic opens against newly-promoted Latinos FC on Sunday, 2 October at the Annex. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

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