Hill training with Wolves
Jahquil Hill has said he is training with English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Bermuda international goalkeeper had disappeared off of the radar after severing ties with Ontario League 1 champions Oakville Blue Devils in June, but is now being put through his paces by the coaching staff at Molineux, where he has remained since the preseason.
“I’m at Wolverhampton Wanderers at the moment,” Hill told The Royal Gazette. “It’s a good club and the lads are friendly and welcoming.
“There’s no deal on the table, but they’ve invited me to train with them and I’ve been in since the start of preseason and I’m enjoying it. I’m training really well and have been involved in two of their reserve squad’s games.
“I’m enjoying it and just training as hard as I can and if anything happens, then it does. I’m not betting on it and at the moment I’m just training and keeping fit just in case any other team comes then I’m ready.”
Hill started last season at English non-League side Rushall Olympic before joining the Blue Devils, who clinched their spot in the Canadian Championship after winning the League 1 Ontario final last October. He has also had stints with Ilkeston and Stafford Rangers.
The 21-year-old was scouted by the Blue Devils during their preseason tour to Bermuda in April. He impressed the visitors during their opening match of the Bermuda Triangle Cup against a Bermuda Select side at the National Stadium, as well as during a training session with the visiting side at BFA Field.
However, he passed up the opportunity to play for the Canadian side in favour of continuing his education in Britain.
Hill produced his first clean sheet in a Bermuda shirt during the Gombey Warriors’ goalless draw with Barbados at the Usain Bolt Stadium in March and is now eager to earn more international caps in the upcoming Concacaf Nations League qualifying matches.
“I’m looking forward to the Concacaf Nations League,” Hill said. “We have a young team and I think this is a great chance for us to show Bermuda and the other nations that we can perform against bigger countries.”
Bermuda will start their qualifying campaign with an away game against Aruba on September 10 and will then play two home matches against Sint Maarten and El Salvador, in October and November, before closing out the qualifiers with an away tie against Dominican Republic next March.
Those matches will determine the three divisions for the Nations League, which starts in September 2019, as well as the ten remaining Gold Cup spots.
“Our expectation is to win and to play well individually and as a team as well and I hope we enjoy it,” Hill said. “These games are important for us to show our home fans and other nations that we belong in the Concacaf Nations League and we can perform well as a top country.”