Leon Bailey affirmed his commitment to Jamaica on Wednesday, confirming that he will represent the Reggae Boyz after being named to the country's preliminary Gold Cup squad.
Bailey had accepted a Jamaica call-up in 2018 but that debut was put on hold as the winger refused to play after the Jamaican Football Federation reportedly reneged on an agreement to call up his younger brother, Kyle Butler.
But Bailey was among the names included among Jamaica’s 40-man provisional squad that Concacaf published Monday ahead of this summer's Gold Cup, and he says he's excited to represent the Reggae Boyz going forward.
"I promise to wear the colors black green and gold with honor, pride, and dignity while aiming to be a positive role model for kids with a dream," he said in a tweet.
I promise to wear the colors black green and gold with honor, pride, and dignity while aiming to be a positive role model for kids with a dream. 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/zegKa7Phi9
— Leon Bailey ✞ (@leonbailey) May 22, 2019
This season, though, was a bit more difficult as Bailey managed just five goals as Leverkusen was able to seal fourth in the Bundesliga.
Now, he'll turn his focus towards the Gold Cup, where he'll join a Jamaica team that also includes newcomer Ravel Morrison among the preliminary squad.
Jamaica is set to open the Gold Cup on June 17 against Honduras in Kingston in the first Gold Cup match to be played in the Carribean.
After that, the Reggae Boyz will face El Salvador in Houston before concluding the group stage with a match against Curacao in Los Angeles