Whitmore hopes Morrison finds a club soon
As national midfielder Ravel Morrison is once again in search of a club, national senior men's head coach Theodore Whitmore hopes that he finds a new home quickly to continue putting himself in a position to feature for the Reggae Boyz ahead of an important year for the programme.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who only made his international debut last November, left Dutch club ADO Den Haag by mutual consent on January 9 after only five months with the team. The Manchester United Academy product had signed with the club last September with technical director Martin Jol expressing at the time that stability was needed for him to realise his potential. Now, he will be seeking to sign for his 12th club after stints in England, Mexico and Italy.
Whitmore is concerned that he is once again a free agent at this point in the season, considering the tough assignments that the Boyz will have this year.
"We would like to see our players play every week for their clubs. It's a grave concern when we have players out of contract, we have players [who] don't have a club. It's a concern to me," Whitmore told STAR Sports.
Those assignments include the Gold Cup and the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled for July and September, respectively.
Morrison, however, is reportedly closing in on a new home, according to his agent, which is to be confirmed shortly. In light of the developments, Whitmore says that he hopes that the quicker his club situation is resolved, the more focused Morrison will be to earn consistent playing time that would give him the form required to make an impact for the upcoming tournaments.
"That is a part of it now, how quick he can get back playing, [getting] match fitness because we have to take all of these things into consideration because whether we like it or not, Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers are right around the corner," Whitmore told STAR Sports.
Morrison featured in the two-game series against Saudi Arabia and Whitmore says that he is pleased with how he has adapted to the team so far, as well as newcomers Gregory Leigh and Daniel Johnson, who scored in the 2-1 win on November 17.