Big names switch clubs during transfer window
Somerset Trojans and PHC Zebras, two of the most successful teams in domestic football, suffered the biggest loss of players during the Bermuda Football Association’s recent transfer window when 123 players switched clubs.
Somerset, ten-times winners of the league, lost 24 players despite signing coach Scott Morton as a replacement for Jomar Wilkinson, who was relieved of his duties after just one season.
Morton, who had a successful stint with PHC, was appointed by Somerset in late June, midway through the transfer window. However, players, many of them of the fringe variety, still departed — including more than half (13) who have moved just down the road to neighbours Somerset Eagles, one of last season’s relegated clubs.
Four other Somerset players have joined relegated Southampton Rangers, including midfielder Donte Brangman, who rejoins the club.
PHC, who have won the league a record 11 times, suffered some losses also, with 15 players departing as their neighbours, Paget, picked up a few of their players when news broke that Antwan Russell, the veteran PHC forward, would be Paget’s new coach.
Joining him from the Zebras are Delente Frost, Kushae Hypolite, Diaje Hart and Rakeem DeShields, while national team players Tre Ming, who spent a season with Southampton Rangers two years ago before returning to PHC last season, has moved again, this time to North Village.
Paget have certainly been the busiest of all the clubs this summer, not in departures of which there were none, but certainly in signings as 21 players have joined the club, giving new coach Russell plenty to work with.
Paget also picked up Shakir Smith and Koshun Durrant from Somerset Eagles, Dion Stovell, Marco Basden, McQuinn Burch and Denzel Davis from Southampton Rangers, and Tahjae Welch and Za’Khari Parsons from promoted Hamilton Parish.
Eagles will have a new-look squad after losing 11 players but picking up 18. They could be favourites for promotion along with Paget.
Parish, who lost only four players, have signed Zuhri Burgess and Vernell Lambe from Devonshire Colts, as well as Menelik Rudo and Julian Roser from Premier Division champions Dandy Town as they get set for a return to the top flight.
Robin Hood, who survived in the Premier Division with a young team, have lost nine players, including Bermuda defender Jaylon Bather to PHC, Aaron Nelson and Kion Knights to Hamilton Parish, and Tariq Bean and Tariq Sabir to North Village.
Another big move sees striker Chae Brangman, of Robin Hood, seeking a new challenge in the East End with X-Roads, who have a new coach this season in Ralph Bean Jr.
Brangman teaming up with another big striker, Donovan Thompson should be a mouth-watering prospect for the X-Roads club, who finished just outside the relegation zone last season.
Devonshire Cougars have lost only two players, albeit first-team squad players in forward Quadir Maynard and goalkeeper Kioshi Trott, who have joined Boulevard and Wolves respectively.
Boulevard, the other promoted team as the Premier Division returns to ten teams, have also boosted their ranks, losing just three players while making some key signings for new coach Wilkinson to work with.
Moving to the Blazers are Kamali Davis and Jahzardae Samuels, of Dandy Town, as well as three players from Young Men’s Social Club, brothers Clay Darrell and Psalm Darrell, and Akim Johnston.