Jamaica international Leon Bailey admits he is champing at the bit to get on the pitch for Bayer Leverkusen, in the upcoming season, after having somewhat of a disappointing campaign last term.

The 21-year-old winger notched 5 goals and one assist in 21 appearances for Leverkusen last season, representing a less significant output than 2017 when he registered 9 goals and 6 assists.  After a second season that initially saw the player score 1 goal and 2 assists at around the halfway point, the winger did, however, pick up some speed following the appointment of Peter Bosz as head coach.

In addition, Bailey, who suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of the season, made a less than impressive long-awaited debut for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.  The Jamaicans made it to the semifinals of the competition but were defeated by the USA.

Now back to full fitness, however, the winger is eager to once again hit top gear.

"Last season I had ups and downs," he told Leverkusen's official website.

"I had an injury towards the end, so it wasn't my best season, but right now I'm really looking forward to the new season,” he added.

"I'm just trying to stay fit, stay positive and stay focused. I'm looking forward with the mindset of being better than last season."

A United States court has ruled in the favour of CONCACAF in the case of a $US20m lawsuit filed against former general secretary Chuck Blazer, but the football body isn’t expected to get a cent as the estate of the former official has been left in dire financial straits.  

In April 2017 regional football’s governing body sued to recover for at least $US20 from Blazer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and tax evasion, all linked to kickbacks he received in exchange for media rights and tournament marketing contracts, as well as bribes involving the 1998 and 2010 World Cups and several Gold Cup tournaments.

With Blazer having died months after the suit was filed a settlement agreement was recognized between the organisation and Blazer’s insolvent estate, which succeeded Blazer and six companies he controlled as a defendant in the case.  The chances of CONCACAF recovering any money are, however, extremely low. 

Prior to his death in July, Blazer owed at least $18 million in federal income taxes.  The administrator of the estate uncovered assets worth about $845,000 but determined it is unlikely that any additional assets discovered will be enough to satisfy the federal and state tax liens or any other creditors.

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