Thu, Mar

Joe Public midfielder Kerwyn "Hardest" Jemmot, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Friday has one major desire this season.

And that is to work his way back into national senior team contention and eventually fill the void left by Russell Latapy.

Believe it or not, Jemmot, once compared with the "Little Magician" is hard in training and seems intent on sticking to his programme as TnT continues preparations for the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

Jemmot has had disciplinary problems in the past, sometimes being sorted after by national team coaches to attend training. Now earning a recall by Professor Rene Simoes, Jemmot wants to stake a claim.

"I'm glad to be back on the national team and also Joe Public. I am willing to work hard and focus on what I want to achieve in life. My aim right now is not only to play in Trinidad but probably I can go abroad, even back in the MLS," Jemmot told TTFF Media on the weekend.

He recalled his recent experience in the United States with MLS club New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He did not receive a work permit in time and was cut from the roster earlier this year.

"The experience while I was on the MLS was good. I traveled with the team to Portugal and I learnt quite a few things. I got the work permit but it was too late by then for me to go back and make the team."

The former National U-23 midfielder who represented TnT at senior level ended the interview at the Larry Gomes Stadium with the words "I want to take that spot that Latapy has left behind."