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Photograph by Akil SimmonsHappy to be home: Steede, playing his first game since rejoining Town as a late transfer, holds off Village midfielder Phil Parsons at Bernard Park

Kwame Steede never had any second thoughts about rejoining struggling Dandy Town as a late transfer — and insists there is no fear of relegation at St John’s Field.

Steede played his first game of the season against North Village last weekend but could not prevent Town from suffering their fifth loss in six league matches.

The 2-0 defeat at Bernard Park left Town 15 points behind joint leaders Village and PHC Zebras.

However, the former Bermuda captain has no doubts things will turn around for Town who won the league title last season.

“I’m just taking it one game at a time,” said the 36-year-old midfielder.

“It’s nice to be back; it’s where I started so it’s home.They are not in a good spot but that doesn’t tarnish how I feel about being back. I’m relishing the fight; it will just bring more character out of the players.

“I’m not even thinking about winning the league. It was never a question of whether I should go to Town because they are at the bottom. I don’t worry about positions.

“It’s about football and they have a good team. Where they are now doesn’t reflect the team that they have. They just have to put in more work and dig a little harder in training. They’ll come out of it, they just have to believe in themselves.

“There’s still a lot of football to be played and I’m enjoying it. I’m up to the challenge; it’s not like I haven’t been in this predicament before.”

Steede was player-coach at Devonshire Cougars last season, helping the young team to stay up. He watched his former team, who were Triple Crown champions just four seasons ago, win the Dudley Eve Trophy this month and was pleased for them.

“I was proud of them, the work I did out there is showing and I’m happy for them,” he said. “The time I left was a good time for them because they had to step up and grow.

“Winning the cup just shows how far they have come as youngsters and they have a bright future in front of them. I’m proud of them and wish them all the best.”

Town are tied on one point with Devonshire Colts at the bottom of the Premier Division, the only two teams without a win.

The two sides meet at Police Field on Sunday before Town close out the first half of their campaign with a match against third-from-bottom Flanagan’s Onions on December 3 before taking on high-flying PHC on December 11. Town lost eight players in the summer, with Fabian Frankson and goalkeeper Mikkail Crockwell joining St David’s, while George Dyer signed for Wolves and brothers Tristan Daniels and Tymon Daniels rejoined X-Roads.

Quadir Maynard transferred to Young Men’s Social Club who lead the First Division with maximum points from six matches.

Steede is confident Town will soon start climbing up the table.

“I have no doubt about that, as long as everybody puts the work in,” he said.

“What you put in you get out; I believe in that motto. They have a good team, a young team and are league champions so they know what it takes to win.”

Kwame Steede made his first appearance since rejoining Town on a late transfer from Devonshire CougarsDandy Town vs North Village (Photograph by Akil Simmons)