The Wollongong Wolves have further strengthened their 2018 NPL NSW Men’s roster by securing the services of another five players to be a part of the first-grade squad for this season.
Luke Kairies and James Markovic who both played with the Wolves in 2017 have officially recommitted for another season. Luke and James played important roles with the team last season, with James Markovic making his first-grade debut, and going on to earn a stint with the Central Coast Mariners in their National Youth League squad. Luke proved more than able back up to Justin Pasfield and having two keepers of such high standard is a must in a competition as strong as the NSW NPL Men’s League
Wolves First Grade coach, Jacob Timpano observed, “Having Luke and James back on deck for 2018 is great news for our club. They both impressed last year and I expect strong contributions from both the boys again in this campaign.”
Further enhancing the Wolves prospects and adding significant depth and quality to the first-grade squad are the signings of Michael Stojanovski, Ryan Ensor and Quivi Fowler. Despite fielding a host of lucrative offers from rival clubs the trio agreed to terms with the Wolves and have been very impressive in preseason training. All are expected to travel with the team to Brisbane for the trial against Wuhan Zall FC on Saturday 10th February at Perry Park.
Timpano added, “These 5 signings pretty much complete our first grade squad for 2018. I am very pleased and excited about the talent and quality we have assembled. We have a level of depth right across the park we haven’t enjoyed for a long time. The boys all get on, are all training the house down and we can’t wait for the season to commence.”
The Wolves kick start their 2018 campaign on Sunday 11th March at WIN Stadium against Blacktown City FC. Timpano is expecting to have everyone fit and fighting for selection for the first match of the competition.
Timpano concluded by commenting, “We have enjoyed an excellent preseason and picking the final squad for Round 1 is going to be tough. All the boys are impressing at training and while it is going to be a bit of selection headache in narrowing down our final squad, it’s a good situation to be in. Our roster is pretty much done now though we do have a visa spot still up our sleeve which could prove very useful.”
-Wollongong Wolves Press Release