Prior to the start of the Red Stripe Premier League season, rumours surfaced that former Jamaica College star and Tivoli Gardens player Junior Flemmings would be turning out in the colours of beaten semi-finalists Waterhouse this season. The young forward has now admitted that he nearly made the move to Drewsland, but after serious consideration, he decided not to, and thought it better to spend his last days, before taking up a scholarship with New Mexico University in January, at his home-town club. “I am currently at Tivoli Gardens, where I will play from now until December, when I will take up a scholarship in the US. So I am just making sure I continue playing football, stay fit and try to stay injury free,” he said. “There’s nothing that feels greater than representing your home town. It was in my thoughts (going to Waterhouse), but I reflected on my future and remembered that this is where it all started for me, and how it would look very ungrateful on me if I turn my back on Tivoli Gardens now, especially with all that is happening with other players leaving and such. But I made a decision; I will stay at Tivoli until I am ready to leave the league,” he told The Gleaner. The Tivoli starlet only returned to the island last week, but is looking to play his first game against Humble Lion tomorrow. But Flemmings has had two seasons of top-flight football, and he feels, with all that experience, he can make a solid impact before his departure. “I was overseas doing some training and trying to get accustomed to the climate and the environment, so when I actually go there (university), it won’t be nothing new,”explained.. “But between now and December, I am trying to score at least eight goals, whether in the Premier League, the FLOW Cup or the Jackie Bell. That is my target. “It’s not easy, after just finishing playing schoolboy football and trying to transfer everything over into the Premier League, where you play against much older and more experienced guys. “I think we have a shot at the title, and we are going for it. On Sunday, I hope to play against Humble Lion for my first game, and I would love to score in my first game at home,” he added.
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Franck Tabanou 1 Swansea expect to complete the signing of St Etienne defender Franck Tabanou in the next 24 hours.The former France Under-21 international is having a medical at the Barclays Premier League club on Thursday and should become Swansea’s second signing of the summer.It is understood Swansea will pay around £3.5million for the 26-year-old who will provide competition for Wales left-back Neil Taylor.Swansea attempted to sign Tabanou last January but the former Toulouse defender chose to stay at St Etienne and helped them finish fifth in Ligue 1.Tabanou’s agent Philippe Lamboley previously told BBC Wales: “He has chosen Swansea, he has told me he is not interested in any other offers from any other clubs.”Swansea manager Garry Monk wants to strengthen a squad which finished eighth in the Premier League last season and he has already picked up Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille.Monk is on the look-out for a goalkeeper following the departures of Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell with Heerenveen’s Swedish stopper Kristoffer Nordfeldt reported to be on Swansea’s radar while another striker is also being targeted.