* Photo by Don Burgess. Antwan Russell, left, is seen here with Island Soccer League commissioner David Bascome after he won his first title with the ISL two years ago.
* Photo by Don Burgess. Antwan Russell, left, is seen here with Island Soccer League commissioner David Bascome after he won his first title with the ISL two years ago.
Top pick Antwan Russell is looking forward to winning another ISL Championship ring with new club Kings.

But first, the 22-year-old striker must overcome a bout with knee injury.

The grandson of legendary PHC Zebras forward Earl 'Townsey' Russell tore cartilage in his left knee while playing for Somerset Eagles during last month's FA Cup final and, as such, is now doubtful to play any part in the Kings' ISL season opener with defending champions Union May 21 at the National Sports Centre.

He said: "I have been running but really can't kick. I can't even pivot on my left foot and so I'm thinking that in another three weeks or so it will be back - but still not to what it used to be.

"I just have to do what I'm doing on the side until my knee gets back to one hundred percent and if I don't play the first game then perhaps I will play the second or third."

Russell suffered his injury after landing awkwardly following a challenge during Eagles FA Cup defeat to Devonshire Cougars.

The gifted striker, who led the ISL scoring in 2008, was the first player selected in this year's draft by the Kings who went 0-5 last season to miss the playoffs for the first time.

Russell will now link up with the likes of Eagles teammate Aquino Grant, Boulevard's Dion Stovell and Cougars trio Moses Steede, Kor Von Tucker and Kijuan Franks, who is one of four players protected by the Kings this year.

Russell is expected to make a seamless transition to his new club.

"Most of the guys I have already played with before when we were younger," he added.

Russell already has an ISL Championship ring to brag about and if all goes accordingly hopes to slip on another.

He said: "My main goal is to compete but obviously we want to win it (championship) and I think we have the team capable of achieving that. I think we can make a good run this season."

Russell, who turned down an offer to play for PDL outfit Bermuda Hogges this summer, thrives in the six-a-side format. During the 2008 campaign he not only topped the scoring charts but also walked away with the coveted league and all-star accolades to underline his supremacy.

"I like playing in the ISL," he smiled. "It has been an easy transition for me to make from playing eleven-a-side football. You can't hide in the six-a- side version of the game and so you have to play from the moment you are on the pitch. But it's rolling subs and so it's really not a challenge."

In addition to a ring and with it bragging rights, ISL players will have the incentive of being paid for their services per game - thanks to the generous sponsorship of new title sponsors Lindos Group of Companies.

Yet while Russell doesn't mind earning a few extra bucks, he still views the ring as the crown jewel.

"The money is not really the focus," he said. "All the players want to win a ring. I already have a ring and hopefully I can win another with the Kings."