Bailey back from trial
Senior national football player Ranaldo Bailey is back home from a three-week trial with Northern Ireland club Ballymena United FC. This was the most recent opportunity for him having participated in previous trials in the United States.
Ballymena United FC invited him to trial but when offered a contract the defender told Barbados TODAY he turned down the offer.
“It was a really good trial [although] the weather was cold. The players liked me and I fitted in quite good but they were offering me 75 pounds a week and I had to pay 50 a day in rent,” he said.
He also stated that training was every week and he would attend sessions and go straight to games. Bailey said it was a good experience despite a few injuries.
The 19-year-old defender began his football career with the Pro-Shottas Soccer School from the age of five where he developed many skills and it was there that he believes his football talented really started.
Bailey later went on to win the Barbados Cup, the Banks Tournament and the Kick Start Tournament. While at the club he was inspired by his parents especially his dad who was a professional footballer in Scotland for Livingston FC .
Bailey who attended The Alleyne School and The St Michael School broke into the Barbados senior national team when he was 17 despite having to wait a year later to obtain his first cap for the island.
“It was an amazing feeling at such a young age,” he said, emphasizing that playing beside national captain and Blackpool defender Emmerson Boyce motivated him and the other players on the team.