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Dtermined defence: Keith Wainwright, left.
Keith Wainwright

Keith Wainwright Jr helped guide King Pins to their first win of the season in the fourth round of the Fan Controlled Football League at the weekend.

The Bermudian linebacker completed four tackles and grabbed a second interception of the season in King Pins 28-18 victory over Shoulda Been Stars at the Pullman Yards in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday.

“As these games keep coming week to week, my goal is to re -declare myself,” Wainwright told The Royal Gazette.

“I have already made a mark on the league with the only linebacker that has two interceptions for the season in the same category as the defensive backs.”

League rules allow defensive players such as Wainwright to play for multiple teams throughout the entire season.

“It can be a quite challenge only because each offence we play has a unique set of wide receivers and running backs and even quarterbacks that play different,” he added.

“I believe our defence is well balanced in the run and the pass. We usually have our meetings where we watch film as a defence and prepare with whomever we have to face that upcoming week.”

Wainwright has so far managed to cope with the physically and mentally demanding schedule.

“Mentally, I am good and in a good space,” he said. “I ensure that my prayer life is good.

“I am also good physically. I believe if you do the things to take care of yourself as an athlete you are capable of anything. That includes, stretching, soaking, ice, rest and so forth.

“I am looking to stay healthy, keep on being consistent as my coach would say and make sure I continue to play at a high level to help my team win.”

Wainwright is reaping the benefits from the hard work he put in during the preseason.

“I knew the work I put in would translate to the field,” he added. “When you have played the game so long you know what to expect and what not to expect, and I always say experience beats talent any day.”

Wainwright also played for the Zappers at the weekend, completing three tackles in their heavy 28-0 loss against Beasts.

Fan Controlled Football is a professional indoor football league created in 2017 as the first sports league controlled by fans. All games are broadcast on Twitch, NBCLX, DAZN, FuboTV and Peacock.

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Published May 10, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated May 10, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Keith Wainwright helps King Pins secure maiden victory

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