Despite being involved with the Jamaican national team’s trip to China, the former Bradford City winger is still unattached one week into the season.
Omar’s half time substitution in the final game of last season was his farewell to a club at which he had split opinion in the stands.
I was one of those who found his contribution lacking when he first came to the club. A lazy player without much in the way of end product who always chose the wrong option.
Over the years he became more obviously passionate and showed a desire. His end product and decision making might not have flourished but I was always glad to see him on the wing putting opposition defenders on the back foot and providing a release to our defence.
I believe it was his injury against Darlington in 2009 that scuppered our chances that season and kept him on the sidelines into the following disappointing campaign which ultimately saw Stuart McCall leave.
Stuart had a lot of time for Omar, investing in him when plenty of people felt his time at the club had run its course. It was clearly a blow to his plans and his hopes for a player he had identified as so crucial to spend so long on the sidelines.
And under both Peter Taylor, who inexplicably shipped him out to Rotherham and then Peter Jackson, who bade him farewell, the sidelines have become familiar for the 30 year old.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer Omar has been quite candid about what he hopes will happen next. ‘I have to just sit tight and wait and hopefully the people who are working with me are looking to get the right deal for me. Preferably I would want to go back to England, especially that the work permit won’t be a problem for me, but as I have said, I am not working at the moment and contracted to the JFF, so I am really looking to get going again from a club level…I still think I have got a good four years left in Europe’.
In the meantime the former Bantam winger is enjoying being part of the Jamaican set up and looking forward to their game with China. He’d probably prefer a game with a higher profile in Europe to bring him to the attention of the football league’s managers.
But as with his compatriot Donovan Ricketts maybe he’ll end up playing in the MLS alongside some of the most famous names in world football. I’m afraid I doubt I’ll ever see Daley and Beckham on the same team sheet though…
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