Central FC has signed seven players during the January transfer window. The latest addition to the club's roster defender Upston Edwards, a Jamaican international who is on loan from Jamaican club Portmore United until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old Edwards now joins last season's top performers Willis Plaza, Rundell Winchester, Jamal Jack, Elton John and defensive duo, Uriah Bentick and Kevon Villaroel as players to come in during the transfer period which began during the first week of the year.
Central also welcomes the return of pre-season signing Michael Yaw Darko. The 24-year-old Ghanaian attacking midfielder returns to Vranes' squad from a loan stint at Cunupia FC. The new additions joins a roster that already includes the likes of Marvin Oliver, Ataulla Guerra, Jason Marcano, Sean de Silva, Nathaniel Garcia, Akeem Benjamin, goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, Kaydion Gabriel, Darren Mitchell, Jean-Luc Rochford, Dwight Quintero, Leston Paul and Elijah Manners.
But with a loaded roster, Central have resorted to sending young talents Nicholas Dillon, Kevon Gaddard, Seon Thomas and Shaquille Williams on loan at St. Ann's Rangers, in an effort to give the quartet more playing time than they would have received at the "Couva Sharks" ahead of next season's Concacaf Champions League. "We've actually built a team for Concacaf," said Central FC operations manager Kevin Harrison. "We have all intentions of qualifying for Concacaf."
Domestically, Central FC (6-2-1, 20 points) continues to lead the Digicel Pro League standings, three points clear of defending champions and second positioned DirecTV W Connection (5-2-1, 17 points), who they must face in Round Two Match Day on Friday from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
While admitting that his new additions should give Central an edge over other teams in the DPL, Vranes remains on full guard, especially against Couva-rivals W Connection.
"We should have some advantage now, not a lot, but some advantage. But there are still teams like W Connection firstly, and then teams like North East Stars and Defence Force who are tough teams. We expect every team will play very hard against us, which is normal, so we must be very serious about each game that we play," ended Vranes.
Round Two Match Day Two will kick off from 6 pm at Couva on Friday when fourth placed North East Stars (4-2-3, 14 points) and fifth placed Point Fortin Civic (3-2-4, 11 points) do battle. The action will continue on Sunday at the very same Couva venue with rock-bottom St Ann's Rangers (0-1-8, 1 point) up against seventh positioned Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh (2-4-3, 10 points) from 4 pm.
Then from 6 pm, eight placed Police FC (2-4-3, 10 points) and third placed Defence Force (5-1-3, 16 points) will reignite their rivalry in the battle of the armed forces, while sixth placed Caledonia (3-2-4, 11 points) sits out on the bye.