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|Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 10:40 pm Post subject: Daley gets green light, departs for Bradford soon
|BY KAYON RAYNOR Observer staff reporter
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Reggae Boy Omar Daley should leave the island this weekend to join
English League One club Bradford City, having been granted a work
permit by the British Home Office yesterday.
"There are a few administrative procedures that need completion with the
British Embassy in Jamaica, so as soon as he gets the stamp in his book
(passport) he should be out of here and that should be anytime between
Thursday and Friday," Portmore United's technical director Horace Reid
told the Observer yesterday.
"So before the week is out he should be in England," Reid added.
The 25-year-old Daley will be joining fellow Reggae Boyz Donovan
Ricketts and Jermaine Johnson at Bradford City, after signing an 18-
month deal on a free transfer from US side Charleston Battery.
Daley, who has had stints in England before with Reading (2003) and
Preston North End (2005), last week told the Observer he intends to make
the best of this most recent opportunity.
"I've been there before and I know what they expect - always an 'A'
game. Everyday you have to be at your best," he said.
"Even though I've signed a contract with them, it's always a trial for me
and it is just for me to go there and make life," Daley added. And
Bradford manager Colin Todd is delighted to have inked a deal with
another skillful Jamaican.
"It's another good coup for us because he is a very talented player and I
think we've got another winner on our hands," he told the Telegraph and
"It's taken us a long time to get him (Daley) and we've been working on
the deal since October, but I know he will be worth it," Todd is reported to
The Observer understands that Portmore will only benefit financially if
Daley was to be purchased from Bradford City by another club in the
Meanwhile, Reid also disclosed that three other Portmore players - Demar
Stewart, Jason Morrison and Rafe Wolfe - could finialise contracts with
Belgian side Royal White Star Woluwe FC within the next three weeks.
"Their work permit applications have been submitted by the club in
Belgium... there are a few paper work that the players have to complete
here," he said.
"They did their medical today (yesterday) and those documents have
been sent off to Belgium, also as soon as the work permits are approved,
then they have to be issued with visas from the Belgian Embassy in
Caracas, Venezuela," the former general secretary of the Jamaica
Football Federation (JFF) noted.
Royal White Star Woluwe is a feeder club for English Premier League side