The midseason player migration continued before the close of the transfer window mid week. Sydney Olympic has made a trio of mid-season signings as the club tries to consolidate its position on the league ladder in the wake of the disappointing failure to qualify for the Rd of 32 of the FFA Cup.
Olympic’s surprise 1-0 loss to NSW second tier club Bankstown Berries 10 days ago, means it now focuses all its ambition this season on league success. Currently sitting in third place, Olympic announced the signings of 19 year old central defender George Timotheou from A-League champions Sydney FC, and striker Mohammad “ Naeem” Rahimi from Blacktown Spartans.
Timotheou could get the chance for a senior Olympic debut this week against former team mates when Olympic hosts Sydney FC’s NPL team.
The two latest Olympic signings follow the arrival at the club late last month, of 20 year old midfielder Liam Youlley from Western Sydney Wanderers who made his debut in last week’s 2-1 loss to Wollongong Wolves.
South of the border, a former Olympic player, has switched clubs in the Victorian NPL. Dimi Hatzimouratis joins high flying Bentleigh Greens following a season and a half at Oakleigh Cannons where he scored 15 goals last season and played in a losing grand final.
The 27 year old has found the goals harder to come by this season, and he’ll be cup-tied for Bentleigh Greens, but together with Matt Thurtell and Andy Brennan, he’ll add depth in the attacking third. Speaking on the Bentleigh Greens Facebook Page, Hatzimouratis said, “ I think Bentleigh’s style of play will suit me. Keeping the ball on the deck a lot. Hopefully there will be more goals to come here. My main goal is to be part of a successful team, hopefully score a few goals and put in some good performances along the way.”
Bentleigh has made another notable signing in the mid –year window bringing in added experience to the squad with 32 year old midfielder Nick Ward. Ward has played almost 150 A-League matches with five different club including Melbourne Victory’s 2008-9 championship winning team.
Bentleigh’s close rival South Melbourne FC, has responded to calls to boost its attacking stocks by signing 24 year old Spanish striker David Barca Moreno from Getafe B in Spain. Speaking on SMFC.com.au, coach Chris Taylor said of the new signing, “We’re excited to add another attacking option to our roster and someone who we think can assist the club through a very tough second half of the season. With the club still involved in three competitions, it’s important we added depth to our front third and provide support to those currently in our squad.”
NPL 2 W League Leader Northcote City has also made a major addition to its attacking stocks with the capture of 26 year old Welsh marksman Adam Wright from rivals Brunswick City. Wright brings an impressive goal scoring record to John Cain having netted 30 goals in 32 matches in two seasons for Brunswick City and having been a key factor in that club’s revival. His arrival follows the departure of James Papadimitriou from Northcote to Port Melbourne Sharks.