Rangers snap up Stovell
Dion Stovell is taking his football talents to Southampton Rangers.
The seasoned striker has joined Jomar Wilkinson’s team from Premier Division rivals Somerset Trojans and is looking forward to the challenges ahead for his new club.
“It’s a challenge I have accepted, but I also know it’s going to be very difficult because there are other good teams in the league with good players,” Stovell said.
Stovell, who also plays for Rangers’ cricket team, decided to jump ship on the final day of the Bermuda Football Association player release and registration period, which expired on July 15.
“It took me until the last day to make the decision after talking to Dennis Brown [Somerset coach] right before the deadline,” Stovell said.
“I just thought it was the right decision for me at this time.
“I feel the club [Rangers] is going in the right direction but it’s time for other players to step up and do what’s necessary for the club and community.”
Stovell admits his decision to leave Somerset was “one of the hardest decisions I have had to make”.
He added: “If there are two clubs I gave my all for it’s Somerset Trojans and Paget Lions, two clubs I have much love for.”
Stovell is one of two confirmed experienced players who joined Rangers on the transfer deadline day.
Bermuda midfielder Tre Ming dropped a bombshell after severing ties with childhood club PHC Zebras to move further west to Southampton Oval.
Rangers beat out top-flight rivals Somerset and St George’s in a tug-of-war over Ming at the eleventh hour.
“Tre is one of the best players on island. He brings something different to the club as far as a winning mentality,” Stovell said.
Expectations will be high at Rangers having bolstered a squad which already includes the likes of Donte Brangman and Quadir Maynard.
“The expectations for the club will be set high but again it’s about being disciplined and staying focused on the task ahead,” Stovell said.
“The set-up looks promising but if you’re not putting in the work to get the rewards then the names on paper really don’t mean nothing. We have a good team, but it’s also going to be tough.”
Meanwhile, other notable players taking advantage of the transfer period include Bermuda players Cecoy Robinson and Lejaun Simmons.
Robinson, the former PHC captain, has joined Dandy Town while fellow forward Simmons has rejoined Devonshire Cougars after a spell with Robin Hood.
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