Centre-back Ranaldo Bailey is one step closer to his dream of securing a professional contract.
The 23-year-old ace defender, who is currently on a two-year scholarship at the University of South Carolina Aiken was recently named as part of the PBC all-conference team as a second-team honoree.
He was responsible for two goals, which both happened at Catawba College, was instrumental in his team’s victory over King University and Georgia Southwestern State University, and gave an impressive performance during the game against No. 16 Young Harris College.
Last year, the six-footer who hails from St James, played in ten matches, earning nine starts, had three shots on goal posted a shot against Catawba, had three shots in the double overtime tie with Flagler College and recorded three shots at the University of North Georgia.
According to a release, the former St Michael School and Barbados Community College alumnus, who is currently majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, put together a solid campaign, starting all 13 matches that he played. During his two-year career with the Pacers, he has played in 23 matches with 22 starts.
And while he has been putting on quite the show overseas, he has returned when called upon to help his beloved Bajan Tridents senior squad. His last game with the home side was against Nicaragua in the Concacaf Nation’s League in March this year.
“I told my coach before the season started, during the preseason, that I wanted to make the all-conference team and to achieve that goal meant a lot to me especially if I got it in my senior year,” the very reserved Bailey said humbly.
Bailey, who is the son of former national and professional goalkeeper Horace Stoute and former national netballer for the senior women’s team, Christine Bailey has been playing football since he was five years old, with his first shot to represent the country on the international scene at 17.
He has also played with Gall Hill, UWI Blackbirds and the Barbados Defence Force locally, at Morvant Caledonia United in Trinidad and Tobago and has had trials in Ireland, the United States of America and the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Now his sights are set on going pro.
“I worked hard all season to deserve it, and I’m currently now looking to get a pro contract in the US or Europe,” he said, adding that while his heart was set on Europe he would go wherever the journey took him.
General Secretary of the Barbados Football Association Edwyn Wood, whose office was instrumental in assisting Bailey to acquire the scholarship, said with Bailey’s traits he was sure to continue to excel.
"We are pleased to see that Ranaldo is doing so well at his College and it can only serve as justification to the support we have been lending to ensure that his dream of playing professional football comes through. He has always been an outstanding individual, not only as a player but as a person, and I am sure he will continue to excel,” he said.