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‘A good farewell’

Shaniel Thomas happy Cavalier stint ended with JPL title

Published:Monday | May 27, 2024 | 12:09 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Cavalier’s Shaniel Thomas (right) in action during the Jamaica Premier League game against Arnett Gardens at Sabina Park on Sunday May 12.
Cavalier’s Shaniel Thomas (right) in action during the Jamaica Premier League game against Arnett Gardens at Sabina Park on Sunday May 12.

AFTER FIVE seasons and two Jamaica Premier League (JPL) titles, Cavalier forward Shaniel Thomas is looking to make the move overseas.

Although the 22-year-old was coy in his pronouncement after last Sunday’s JPL triumph at the National Stadium, he believed there was no better way to end his time with the three-time national champions.

“I expect this will be my last season with the team and I am happy I won the title in my last season. So it’s a good farewell,” he said.

However, he kept his cards close to his chest with regard to his next destination.

“We will see what happens. (Will) Not as yet (disclose that). But as soon as that is possible I will let it be known. But it’s a very fitting way to close out.

“I love the players on this Cavalier team so much. Some of the guys who won the first time were here, so to win it two times with players we started out with is an accomplishment,” said Thomas.

Thomas, who has the distinction of winning every title at the schoolboy level with Jamaica College, including multiple Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles, was the top scorer in the last Caribbean Club Championship with eight goals in eight games.

Although his JPL season did not live up to that promising start with just six goals in 17 matches, Thomas said he was not disappointed because there are elements of his game that he is working to improve.

“It has been a wonderful season for me. But I still have a lot of things to work on, and I will work on them and when I do that, I will be unstoppable in the future,” he said.

The most important thing for Thomas, was winning the JPL title.

“It means everything to us. We worked hard and I think we deserve this win. Two times it eluded us and that was a major mental setback for the guys, and to come out tonight (Sunday) and come out victors is the best feeling ever.

“It was a hard-fought game. But the players were ready to go and put everything on the line to win this title. This will make it two times we won on penalties but it doesn’t matter, I am just happy we won.”

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