I have to do what's best for my career Lambe
Reggie Lambe may have to choose club over country so as not to jeopardise his chances of finding a new team, admitting: “I have to do what's best for my career.”
Released by Ipswich Town at the end of last season, Lambe has spent the past six weeks touring some of the UK's lower league sides as a trialist.
While it's a less than ideal situation, Lambe's confident of landing a contract in the not too distant future although he's less certain of his full availability for Bermuda's World Cup qualifying campaign.
Although he will almost definitely play against Trinidad and Guyana next month, the winger knows potential suitors might be put off by a player who could miss several matches over the coming months.
“It's too early to say whether I will be available for all of the qualifiers,” Lambe said. “I want to be available but if a new club wanted to keep me then I would stay. It's hard when you miss training because you're playing World Cup games that your coach won't get to see you in.
“It all depends on what happens when I sign for a club; I have to do what's best for my career.”
Also facing a club-versus-country dilemma is Nahki Wells who has decided to commit himself to Bermuda's World Cup campaign despite having only recently joined Bradford City on a one-year deal. Lambe, 20, believes it's only a matter of time before he joins Wells back in the pro ranks and revealed he has a few options both in the UK and North America.
“I would want to be with a club right now but unfortunately I don't have one...I'm working on that,” said Lambe, who has spent time at Bristol Rovers, Southend, Newport County and Cambridge this summer.
“It's been a tough experience because some things fell through. I've enjoyed training at the different clubs I've been at but I still want to have my own team and to be playing football regularly.
“In the next few weeks I will have a team; there are a few who are quite keen to sign me and hopefully it comes off because I really want to start my career back up.
“I'm open-minded to any move and, like I said, I just want to be playing football at the end of the day. I would like to stay in England but if I have to go to another country to expand my career I will.”
Last night Lambe joined 11 other national team players for their first training session ahead of the opening qualifier against Trinidad on September 2. For Lambe it was an opportunity to work on his fitness following his stop-start pre-season.
“I'm not happy with my fitness as I always strive for the best. Hopefully my hard work will eventually get my fitness back up,” he said.
“It's good to be back training with the team and working towards the qualifiers. We have a few players yet to come back who may meet us in our little training camp that we have planned.
“I think we've got a strong enough squad to do what we need to do in this round.”
Last night's training squad: D Johnson, K Tucker, D Ming, J Barry Nusum, S Darrell, T Burgess, C Caisey, L Dill, R Lambe, S DeGraff, J Seymour, L Symonds. Injured pair Domico Coddington and Kwame Steede also attended the session at BFA Field.