BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
MARVIN Bartley has revealed he has set his sights on an international call-up from Jamaica after declaring himself in ‘prime condition’ with Hibernian.
The 29-year-old was born and raised in Reading but has Jamaican parentage and has been on the radar of the Reggae Boyz since being added in 2012 to a list of overseas players who qualify for the country.
The former Bournemouth, Burnley and Leyton Orient midfielder has held a Jamaican passport for the last four years and admits he is desperate for the opportunity to prove he can cope with international football.
Bartley, who returned to the Hibs line-up for last night’s 2-2 draw with Falkirk, said: “I’m more than happy for those watching to decide what I bring to the team should I receive a call-up.
“With my current form being good and my fitness level high, I am more than ready to pull on the gold jersey and play for my family’s country.”
Jamaica begin their World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a trip to face Panama in September and face Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay in the Copa America this summer.
Bartley added to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper: “I have had my Jamaican passport since 2012 and have been available to represent Jamaica ever since.
“It has long been an ambition of mine to play for the country, ever since I started my career as a footballer.
“I’ve had conversations on a few occasions since then, but due to me not feeling I was in the best form possible, or being injured, I’ve yet to represent Jamaica.
“But this is something I hope will change in the not-too-distant future as I feel in prime condition and believe I am playing well.”