Reece Jones Jr and Rahzir Smith-Jones join Hartley Wintney
Bermuda players Reece Jones Jr and Rahzir Smith-Jones have signed contracts with English non-League club Hartley Wintney.
Hartley Wintney is a semi-professional football club based in Hampshire and is a member of the Southern League Premier Division South.
Ross Weatherstone, general manager of the International Development Academy UK and first-team manager of Hartley Wintney, is on the island to sign the players.
“Reece and Rahzir have been in the academy programme for the last season,” he said. “They both deserve the opportunity and I am excited to see what they can achieve. We are trying to generate pathways for future athletes.”
Jones was a regular in the Bermuda team in the recent Concacaf Nations League fixtures, acquitting himself well in defence alongside the more seasoned Danté Leverock and Jalen Harvey.
Smith-Jones was an unused substitute in the goalless draw at home to Haiti and did not make the trips to Guyana or the Dominican Republic for the next two fixtures.
Weatherstone is also due to have meetings with Bermuda Football Association president Mark Wade and men’s head coach Kyle Lightbourne to monitor other players, as the IDA is looking at ten Bermudian players for the academy.