Rangers swoop for Ming
Southampton Rangers pulled off a major coup after securing the services of experienced midfielder Tre Ming from PHC Zebras on transfer deadline day.
Rangers beat out Premier Division rivals Somerset Trojans and St George's in a tug-of-war over Ming at the eleventh hour before the Bermuda Football Association player release and registration period expired on Wednesday.
The Bermuda player dropped a bombshell this week after confirming he had severed ties with childhood club PHC.
“First and foremost, I just wanted to seek a different challenge to motivate myself and show I can go to another club and still be an elite player,” Ming said.
“Just the calibre of players Rangers have that people kind of sleep on, like Donte Brangman and a real top player in Quadir Maynard, and then you have a bunch of great role players.
“Everyone is all excited because we know what we can do and this team is really pushing for trophies next season.
“We are trying not to linger around third or fourth. We want to be title contenders out of the gate and everybody is buzzing right now.”
Reflecting on his time with PHC, Ming said: “I want people to know that PHC will always be my parent club. I'm black and white through and through, but I just wanted to try something else. I'm always doing what people want me to do, so this time I wanted to make a decision on my own.”
Ming, 26, is among a trio of Bermuda players who joined new clubs during the transfer period, which includes former PHC team-mate Cecoy Robinson.
Robinson, the former PHC captain, has joined Dandy Town while fellow forward Lejaun Simmons has rejoined Devonshire Cougars after a spell with FA Cup holders Robin Hood.
“It's a new challenge to test myself somewhere else and see how it goes,” Robinson, 32, added.
Simmons took to social media to announce his move.
“Going to feel good to be back out the Rec. [Devonshire Recreation Club],” he tweeted.
Mark Steede, the Devonshire Recreation Club president, is thrilled to have regained the services of Simmons.
“I am elated that Lejaun came back to Devonshire Cougars,” he said.
“It's been a long time coming. It's probably been my third season now trying to get him to come back and explaining the importance of him coming back as a national team player having played in the [Concacaf] Gold Cup.
“I feel that he is somebody we need especially in a time when we're still in a transition period where we are rebuilding our team. He has been very consistent at staying at the top of the charts with the most goals. He's always been in the top two or three every season.
“Everybody knows he's a pacy winger. He can definitely get across guys and that's an area where we've actually been weak, so him coming is a big bonus for us.”
Cougars have also signed Chaekai Caisey who has joined from Premier Division champions North Village.
“I am happy with Chaekai,” Steede added. “He's a workhorse and it's going to be exciting to see how he fits into the coach's plans and goes from there. ”