Job 1 for Carl Robinson: re-sign Jay DeMerit!

December 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2013 | Leave a comment
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Having assumed the glorious mantle of Vancouver Whitecaps Coach, Carl Robinson must fall back to earth and get down to business. In my view signing a new contract to keep Jay DeMerit playing here in Vancouver must be job one. 

One word: Character!

One word: Character!

While detractors and doubters think Demerit is injury prone and perhaps past his best, I disagree.  Centre backs have a longer shelf life than other positions (they are second only to goalkeepers who can seemingly play forever), and experience in that position is a huge benefit.   DeMerit keeps his body in shape, and his ability to bounce back from his Achilles injury was almost miraculous. 

While DeMerit has spent a lot of time injured, what he does off of the pitch is just as important as what he does on it.  Jay has extraordinary character and commitment to the team.  He brings honesty to the dressing room by his sheer effort, and puts sulkers like the immature Darren Mattocks to shame.

When Jay pulls on the captains armband, it is clear he deserves it more than any other player.  If Jay has been injured it is because he is always giving his all in the tackle, and he is willing to play hurt and to put his body on the line for the team.  

Frankly, you will go through a thousand footballers to get to another one who has the character of Jay DeMerit.  He may only have a few years left in his career, but lets make sure those years are with the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

Robbo, sign him up!  

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