Date January 09, 2007 Compliments of the Nation
News by EZRA STUART
BARBADOS' English-based footballer Paul Ifill was yesterday signed by
English League Championship side Crystal Palace from Premier League side
Sheffield United for over
The 27-year-old winger agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract with the
Eagles who are 15th in the second division championship table after joining
on a & pound;750 000 (BDS$2.6 million)
"I have come to a club which is geared for the Premier League again,
and that is what we are hoping for," Ifill said in an interview after
"It wasn't a difficult choice and I'm looking forward to it now.
I was talking to another club, but my agent rang and told me that Palace
were interested, and from there it was pretty straightforward," he
Ifill scored nine goals in 42 appearances for Sheffield
after joining from Millwall in May 2005.
He was also Barbados' leading marksman with six goals in the team's successful
first and second round Digicel Caribbean Cup group matches but his new
contract has ruled him out of the finals which kick off in Trinidad and
Tobago on Friday. According to a report on the BBC Sports website, he
will be in Palace's squad for Saturday's trip to Coventry City.
Ifill's loss is another major blow to Barbados' chances of advancing to
the last four and qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The news worsened
for Barbados as Doncaster Rovers' big striker Mark McCammon was injured
over the weekend and has been ordered to rest for two weeks.
Barbados will now play the Soca Warriors in the first game at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium at 6 p.m. Friday, without Ifill and the injured quartet
of Rommell Brathwaite, Elvis Defreitas, Michael Forde and Bryan Neblett.
With Ifill no longer available, the Barbados Football Association was
busy yesterday making travel arrangements for Claytons Kola Tonic Notre
Dame utility player Rudy Grosvenor to join
the team in Trinidad.