Adrian Mariappa : Reggae Boyz Defender

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Name

Adrian Mariappa

DOB

October 3, 1986

Age

27

Height

5 ft 10 in

Club/Country

Crystal Palace, England

Caps

12**

Position

Defender

BIO:

Adrian “ Maps” Mariappa is a very assiduous and vivacious centre back. Mariappa who was born to a Jamaican Mother and a Fijian Father made his debut for Jamaica in May 2012 in a 1-0 win over Guyana, playing alongside his club centre back partner at the time Nyron Nosworthy. Mariappa who was originally called to Play for Fiji in 2010 chose to play for the country of his mother as he says “ Jamaica offers him the best chance at playing at a World Cup “. He progressed through Watford’s youth academy, and started playing for the first team in the 2005–06 season. Although primarily a centre back, he spent some of his early professional career at right back due to competition for places in the middle. He made first team 247 appearances for Watford, including 19 in the Premier League. This included a run of 113 consecutive league appearances, the fourth longest streak in Watford’s history. Adrian Mariappa captained Watford at under-18, reserve and first-team levels, and was the club’s vice captain in his final few years at Vicarage Road.

In the summer of 2012, there was a lot of speculation as to which club Mariappa would move to and despite interest from Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and Arsenal FC, Reading FC won the battle for his signature. Adrian Mariappa has proved to Jamaica already what a player he can be for them and with tougher games ahead, the Jamaican public can be assured there Is a real gem at the heart of the defense. After Reading were relegated at the end of the 2012-13 season, Mariappa moved to Crystal Palace on a 3 year deal.

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