Jamaica’s Alex Marshall to team up with former T&T coach in Canadian Premier League

By January 04, 2020
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Jamaican international Alex Marshall is realizing his dream of landing an overseas contract after it was announced he would join Canadian Premier League outfit, HFX Wanderers FC.

The 21-year-old Jamaican, who until recently, plied his trade with Red Stripe Premier League outfit, Cavalier SC, has played for the Reggae Boyz on seven occasions, but will now join up with a former rival in axed Trinidad and Tobago football team coach, Stephen Hart.

Hart was head coach of the Soca Warriors during their most recent runs at the top of the Caribbean pile but was axed after declining results and rifts with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association over payment and treatment of the programme.

Wanderers are a newly formed CPL outfit, much like the league, and was created to fulfil the idea of having a top-flight team from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The league is split into two seasons, Spring and Fall and includes seven teams so far.

Wanderers finished fourth in the league’s inaugural Spring season with 11 points, 10 behind eventual winners, Calgary FC.

Wanderers would then falter badly in the Fall season, falling to last place with just 17 points. The side scored 21 goals from 18 games but seem intent on doing better this coming season with the addition of Marshall.

The attacking midfielder will join fellow Caribbean man, Akeem Garcia of Trinidad and Tobago, who ended the season, the club’s leading scorer with seven goals.

Midfielder, Andre Rampersad is also from Trinidad and Tobago.

Wanderers FC have also signed national striker, Alessandro Riggi.

Marshall is looking to revive his professional career after showing much promise as a schoolboy.

Playing from the Jamaica under-17 team in a Caribbean Football Union tournament, Marshall was voted Most Valuable Player and has since had some brilliant moments with Cavalier SC.

Those performances did not go unnoticed and he made his debut with the senior Reggae Boyz in 2017 as a teenager.

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