Goulburn Valley Suns have started strengthening their list with the recruitment of players through the National Premier Leagues Victoria transfer window.MATTHEW GALEA June 18, 2014 3:05am
The mid-season Goulburn Valley Suns rebuild has begun.
Green Gully’s Ardian Vuniqi — who made his Suns debut in Sunday’s shock draw against South Melbourne — and Brian Vanega have signed for the Suns, with Simon Colosimo also set to join.
Colosimo’s transfer is subject to an international transfer certificate, with the former Melbourne Heart defender set to arrive at the Suns from Indian I-League club Dempo Sports Club.
Vuniqi struggled for game time at fellow National Premier Leagues Victoria strugglers Gully, but Suns coach Peter Zois said he had known about Vuniqi for some time and was impressed with his debut at left-back on Sunday after just two training sessions with the team.
Vanega, 22, has played nine games for Green Gully this season.
Going the other way, Stipo Andrijasevic is set to sign for Melbourne Knights, while Fahad Alghazaly has left the club for local Regional Premier League outfit Shepparton United.
The Suns also lost out on ex-West Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson, who was expected to sign when the transfer window opened after training with the club, but he opted for a move to Hong Kong.
Suns’ team manager and board member Michael Crisera confirmed other NPLV players had been approached, but could not yet comment on who they were.
‘‘We just have to keep adding depth. We lost Josh Glover and others, so we’re definitely going to keep adding,’’ Crisera said.
Crisera also confirmed Melvyn Wilkes, the club’s inaugural technical director and senior coach, would not be returning to the Suns.
‘‘We’ve exhausted all avenues to get him a suitable working visa,’’ Crisera said.
‘‘At the moment, Pat Kielty and Dave Davkovski are sharing the technical director’s role and are doing a great job.
‘‘We’re really looking hard to get someone in. We valued Wilkes’ service; he helped build the club out of mid-air.’’
Crisera said it was difficult to get Wilkes a working visa due to the Suns being such a new club, but said they had tried a number of different avenues, including a temporary work (long-stay activity) visa (subclass 401) to participate in high-level sport.
‘‘We need Football Federation Australia to endorse that and we got a letter from (FFA chief executive David) Gallop saying that would not be possible,’’ Crisera said.
‘‘It’s not that we don’t want him here. He was an ideal candidate with his CV, but he left the country and now it’s very high risk to get him back.’’
In other NPLV news, Shepparton United striker Carl Lamb has agreed to a move to Dandenong Thunder, which beat the Suns 4-0 in round 12.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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