Which shirt? Will Antwan Russell play for PHC or Robin Hood this season? *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Which shirt? Will Antwan Russell play for PHC or Robin Hood this season? *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20: Mystery surrounds as to why Antwan Russell’s name was not on the release list from the Bermuda Football Association put out on Monday.

Russell has been linked in a move from PHC Zebras, where he was the captain last season, to Robin Hood.

And not only is his name not on the full release list, it’s not also on the pending release either.

Kyle Lightbourne, Robin Hood coach, said: “I don’t know why Antwan’s name is not on it. You’d have to call the BFA and ask why his name is not on there.

“As far as I know, Antwan signed for us and I don’t know why the BFA has not released him.”

When contacted, a BFA spokesperson said general secretary David Sabir is dealing with the situation and all questions would have to go to him when he gets back in the office on Thursday.

While Russell’s name does not appear on the list, there are three players (Eugene Calder: X-Roads to Southampton Rangers, Neildanthe Smith and Torrae Thomas-wainwright: both Devonshire Colts to BAA) who have their moves marked as pending on the release list.

Russell is one of Bermuda’s most talented young footballers and earlier this month had a trial with MLS side Toronto FC with a look towards getting more of a look next season.

Bermuda already has goalkeeper Freddy Hall and striker Reggie Lambe playing for them.

Robin Hood club president Paul Scope told the Bermuda Sun earlier this month the aim of having Russell at Toronto for the trial “was to assess him and most likely he will be invited to MLS pre-season in January when Paul Mariner will be putting together a new squad.

“In the meantime he will be training and playing with the Robin Hood FC and under the watchful eye and coaching of Kyle Lightbourne, one of the best strikers Bermuda has produced.”

Robin Hood did see the release of several players to their club, most notably Takeyhi Walker and Robert Wilson from Boulevard Blazers.

The club lost four players in the transfer market with Drewonde Bascome, Lovintz Tota and Akeem Wolffe moving on to Devonshire Cougars and Jevanie Fubler kitting up for Devonshire Colts this season.

Overall, 38 players from the Digicel Premier Division were granted their release and an additional 38 in the First Division.

Southampton Rangers lost the most players, 10, with league champs Dandy Town Hornets next with seven.

Town is losing three players to BAA as Kevin Weeks, Torico Caines-Dill and Ryan Tyrell will be wearing the green and white this season.

Also gone from the Hornets is Aljame Zuill (Wolves), Tymon Daniels (X-Roads Warriors), Tristan Daniels (X-Roads Warriors) and Kelvon Butterfield (Social Club). Dandy Town added Aquino Grant (PHC), Temiko Wilson (Boulevard), Ajani Gibbons-Richardson (Boulevard), Ernest Trott (Boulevard), and Lorenzo Simmons (Hamilton Parish). Top goalkeeper Tyrell Burgess is leaving North Village for Somerset Trojans.