Broke Arnett jet player to Florida ... just in time
Arnett Gardens' president, Patrick Roberts, has blamed the club's financial woes for young defender Oneil Anderson almost missing his opportunity to showcase his talent for scouts at the Caribbean MLS Combine, which started in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday.
After much scrambling, Anderson, 20, one of four Jamaicans invited, arrived in Miami yesterday, a day late, after getting on board an early flight out of the island. The former Camperdown player was invited along with Cavalier's Alex Marshall, Jaedine White and Portmore United Maalique Foster, all of whom departed on Tuesday.
"It's because of the whole financial situation with the club, and, at the same time, we are trying to garner as much funds as we can, so some things got overlooked," said Roberts, whose last-ditch efforts to get Anderson in Florida was triggered by a call from STAR Sports.
"I understand that it was being dealt with, but other things got in the way and time caught up with us, so it was nothing deliberate. It was just a situation where time caught up," he added, explaining why the player had not left with the other invitees and could have missed a massive opportunity for himself and the cash-strapped club.
A relieved Roberts said Anderson arrived in Miami at 8 a.m. yesterday, has settled in, and is looking forward to compete for the opportunity to improve his career.
PLAYER WAS UPBEAT
"Yesterday (Tuesday), it was brought to my attention. My duty, as the president, is to make it happen, and he is in Miami now, so as leaders, we have to make the impossible possible. From I heard, I just dealt with it the same time," he added, noting that the player was upbeat, excited, and was scheduled for trial yesterday, not Tuesday, so he has missed nothing.
"I spoke with the player last night and told him to be at the airport at 3:30 a.m. He got there at three. He reached eight o'clock and has settled in.
"He was not due to perform yesterday (Tuesday). Today was the day he would be in practice. We wanted him to leave with everybody, but today would be the day he would be in practice. We also feared him getting jet lag, and that is why we ensured he was on the early flight," Roberts said, adding, "everything worked out late, but it worked out in the interest of the player."