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CLICO San Juan Jabloteh head coach Terry Fenwick is keeping his focus on the pitch ahead of the 2009 season.

Jabloteh received a blow prior to this year’s pre-season when chief sponsor CLICO filed bankruptcy, cutting their sponsorship to the San Juan based football club.

While club management headed by chairman Jerry Hospidales works feverishly on securing finance for the 2009 season, Fenwick sets his sights on the League Championship.

“It’s the usual circumstances. We started training the Wednesday after Carnival with a full compliment of players,” said the two-time League winning coach during one of his training sessions this week.

“We have the best squad in the League as back to back League Champions and we are looking to prepare them the best that we can. With the uncertainty of CLICO it is going to make things very difficult but we are hoping to have word on some certainties over the next week,” he said.

Fenwick steered Jabloteh to triumph in the 2007 and 2008 League Championship and is well poised to take the 2008 Coach of the Year award. Last season honours also included the Toyota Classic and Lucozade Sport Big Six titles for the Englishman.

“We are doing what we can do. We are sure of discipline, and character and we are not allowing the ‘soft centers’ to get the better of us and we are prepared and ready to win the League again,” added the former England international.

World Cup defender Cyd Gray and goalkeeper Daurance Williams are famous names no longer with the club after last season.

United Petrotrin goalkeeper Perry Martin was spotted training with the defending League champions and could be the man to pair off with number one goalie Cleon John for the 2009 season.

Strikers Cornel Glen and Jerrol Forbes, midfielders Marvin Oliver and Elijah Manners and team captain Trent Noel are other famous names currently in training ahead of the new season.

The defending Pro League champions will kick off their title defence on April 3rd and ten days later (April 13) start their 2009 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions Cup campaign--automatically qualifying for Round Two.