We have known Jamaica is interested in calling Bradley Wright-Phillips into its senior men's national soccer team for several months. But whenever the matter is raised with the player or his club, the response has ranged from "don't know" to "not thinking about it."
Credit to BigAppleSoccer.com's Kristian Dyer for returning to the issue at pretty much the earliest opportunity now the New York Red Bulls 2015 season is over - and for getting a response.
I'm definitely open to it. The timing hasn't been great but I'm definitely open to it.
Dyer reports BWP went on to say that he has spoken with teammate Kemar Lawrence about the Reggae Boyz, and that he is "willing to listen to what they have to say" if Jamaica makes the call.
This is significant. In a separate report, Dyer relates BWP's response to questions about persistent rumors linking him to a loan move back to England. The player did not appear enthused:
Any time another team shows interest, it is flattering. But I don't know how I feel about it.
So BWP does not appear to be minded to simply jump at the chance to play for anyone now that RBNY's season is over. Loan move to an English Premier League club? Not sure. International play for Jamaica? "Definitely open to it."
Whether the Reggae Boyz are similarly interested after being made to wait for so long may not become clear for some time. Jamaica's next competitive internationals are in March 2016.