Digicel Pro League champions bmobile Joe Public have signed hard tackling defender, Guyana's Charles Pollard and Marcus "Schoolboy" Ambrose from eastern rivals Caledonia AIA of Morvant/Laventille. With key defenders Seon Powers and Keyeno Thomas making the switch to Ma Pau during the Christmas holidays, Joe Public was left with no choice but to hunt capable replacements ahead of the 2010 season and has managed to lure the former Caledonia skipper to the "Lions Den".
The Eastern Lions coach Derek King, who led his club to five titles this season confirmed yesterday that the 35-year-old Pollard who joined Caledonia from North East Stars in 2007 signed a one-year deal. "Pollard has a lot of experience and great leadership qualities that will help steady our defence this season," said the 29-year-old King. "We have the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions, then Concacaf Champions League and domestic competitions ahead of us and we will need capable players such as Pollard."
The 24-year-old Ambrose has also signed a one-year contract while Under-20 players Reshad Wint and Marcus Joseph will also be part of his set-up as the club attempt to defend the Pro League title, Big Six, Toyota Classic, FA Trophy and Digicel Pro Bowl while challenging for a place in the Concacaf Champions' League when they contest the CFC Championship early this year. Despite losing key players goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa and defenders Powers and Thomas to Ma Pau and the possibility of "goal machine" Kerry Baptiste earning a foreign contract, King is confident that he will have a another capable bunch of players.
"We are still wrapping up some new contracts and in talks with a number of young players," he said. King is also expecting a couple of trialists from the USA, as the club continues to gain international interest.