Jack a key component in Central’s silverware hunt

Central FC defender Jamal JackCentral FC defense signing Jamal Jack is the club’s top singing of the 2013-2014 pre-season, and a lot of responsibility comes with the status of the 25 year old Tobagonian.

A press release by the club on Monday stated: “Jamal Jack will be a significant contributing factor in ‘The Sharks’ quest for (CONCACAF) Champions League football.”

Central must surely improve last season’s debuting fifth position finish, to Digicel Pro League champion or runner-up to reach the Caribbean qualifiers to the Concacaf Champions League.

Managing Director Brent Sancho said, “Both myself and Head Coach Terry Fenwick saw Jamal as a key component as we build a squad to challenge for trophies this year.

“Jamal has only won one (Trinidad and Tobago national team) cap, but I’m convinced if he has a successful season, he can attract the eye of national head coach, Stephen Hart.”
Sancho, who represented T&T as a centre back in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, added. “This season, Jamal will be Central’s Ledley King.”

King, who retired from all forms of football in 2012 due to chronic knee injuries, was a former Tottenham Hotspur and England centre back.
He was a highly rated defender and in 2009, was named by The Times as Tottenham’s 25th best player of all time. The 32 year old former Tottenham captain now serves as a club ambassador.

“Ledley was always calm under pressure and his timing on challenges was superb. I see Jamal in the same mould,” added Sancho.

Jack, who represented St. Ann’s Rangers last season, is a former San Juan Jabloteh defender under Fenwick’s charge.

The hard-tackling Charlotteville defender said, “It’s great for me to come to Central. Both Mr. Sancho and Mr. Fenwick played in World Cups as defenders, so I’m certain that I can learn a few pointers from them to improve my game.”

He also sees himself as a leader in the present Central FC squad adding, “We have a very youthful squad, some of whom are still teenagers, so I guess I will have to set a good example. Despite the ages of some of the guys, the talent is fantastic. There’s plenty of pace in the side and I can see half a dozen potential ternationals
in the squad.”

Jack’s only cap for T&T came against Antigua and Barbuda, but it remains the proudest moment for the former Trinidad and Tobago FA Trophy winner.

He said, “(…) as you would expect, it was my proudest moment in football. You can’t explain how it feels to listen to your national anthem wearing the red, white and black jersey. Your chest kind of expands to bursting point.”
Jack, who stated his favourite club as Manchester City, feels that more success at Pro League level for him will bring more national team caps.

“Success breeds success,” he said. “Coaches will always look at winning teams first when they look for players. So it’s important to me, and the other guys at the club, to make sure we win trophies.”

Who does Jack try to emulate? Maybe it’s his favourite player, Belgium and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany.

“He is the complete package,” said Jack. “For me, he’s currently the world’s best in that position.”