Irate goal keeper quits Vale

By ANENDRA SINGH sports editor

Central League player Kyle Baxter has crossed the floor because he's had a gutsful.

The Cru Bar Maycenvale United goalkeeper said last night he wanted to get some fun back into playing again.

"I just got sick of turning up to training to find only six Central League players there joining the rest of the [Hawke's Bay Pacific Premiership] side," Baxter said, after switching allegiances to his former club, Napier City Rovers.

"It didn't feel like a proper training at all."

The kick in the guts for the 26-year-old Scotsman came in Vale's derby match against Bluewater Napier City Rovers when minutes before the kick-off he found out he wasn't playing.

The Hastings side lost the game 5-1 with Lucain MacDonald slipping on the gloves.

"We were midway through warming up when I was told I wasn't playing so that kind of got me angry."

Baxter had an inkling Vale didn't want him in the squad any more when the club's committee members asked why he wasn't playing in Napier when all his friends and acquaintances were living there.

"It felt like they just wanted me to leave."

Vale coach Dion Adams last night said Baxter's claims were not correct.

"He just didn't turn up for training and he didn't even do that pre-season," Adams said.

Baxter had informed him he was having some issues with work commitment, too.

"I'll be very surprised if he makes the Rovers' Central League side. He's a capable goalkeeper but his effort in training will have to change."

Dead last on the table, Maycenvale haven't won a game to date so far in Central League.

They drew 2-2 against Wellington Olympic in Hastings but lost their only point after fielding an unregistered player, Karol Kakate, who has returned to Solomon Islands after his father died days before the Olympic match on May 6. Fellow islander Chris Tafoa accompanied him home and the pair won't be back this season.

Having only found out this week they had lost the point, Adams understood there was some misunderstanding between Central Football and his club on granting Kakate permission to play pending a clearance from his Solomon Islands club.

"We were supposed to apply each week to play him so it was on a game-by-game basis, not a permission to play on until his clearance came through."

He bemoaned doing Miramar Rangers a favour in the first round with their players still committed to Team Wellington's ASB Premiership campaign.

"I suppose that's how we get repaid," Adams said, feeling the Wellington clubs didn't want Bay clubs in the league.

"We'll find out at the end of the season when the Central League will be up for review."

However, Baxter said the Kakate issue was a management mistake.

"It was hard-earned point and we lost it and it had nothing to do with the players."

He also came under fire for telling Hawke's Bay Today Tafoa was "uncoachable".

"Everyone knows that but they are moaning so if they didn't want me to talk then why did they put me in front of the nespaper paper?"

Maycenvale, who play Chatham Cup champions Wairarapa United at 2pm at the Hawke's Bay Regional Sports Park tomorrow, have added five players to their squad.

They are goalkeeper Matt Gould, Wellington defender Admir Balecivac, fellow US college player Tim Richardson, of Palmerston North, striker Regan Steele, of Hutt Valley, and American centre-mid Jared Otts.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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