Melbourne Knights FC is happy to unveil its first two players of the mid-season transfer window, with the Club signing Adelaide Raiders’ captain Michael Doyle and 20-year-old forward Chris Antoniadis.
Doyle, 24, joins the Knights after leading Raiders throughout the current FFSA NPL season, and is Andrew Marth’s first signing of the mid-season transfer window.
The versatile centre-half arrived at Somers Street last week and will be available for selection in Marth’s squad for Sunday’s game against reigning Victorian champion Northcote City FC.
Doyle will also be available for the Club’s Dockerty Cup campaign, which continues on Wednesday against South Melbourne.
Speaking to melbourneknights.com.au during the week, Doyle said he was impressed with the facilities at Knights Stadium, and said that he’s available to play in a range of positions on the pitch.
“It’s been great, it’s been very professional from the first week I got here,” Doyle said.
“The setup is great, it’s a great stadium, it’s one of the bigger clubs in Melbourne so I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
“Obviously it’s about work ethic in these next couple of games and getting results. Again, I’m happy to be a part of it – if he (Andrew Marth) wants me to play centre-half, right back or in the middle of the park – I’m happy to help out.”
Antoniadis – who played his junior football at South Melbourne and Epping – joins the Knights after successful first team spells at Bulleen, Doncaster and Fawkner.
The youngster will also be available for Sunday’s clash with Northcote, but will not be able to participate in the Club’s Dockerty Cup campaign after being ‘cup-tied’ with his previous side.
Also speaking to melbourneknights.com.au, Antoniadis said he felt “privileged” to have been offered the opportunity, and said he hoped to “repay the faith” Andrew Marth had shown him.
“I’m privileged and proud to actually be here – one of the biggest clubs in Australia, let alone Victoria,” Antoniadis said.
“It’s quite surreal because I’ve never been involved at a senior level with a club of this stature.”
“I hope to break into the first team, cement my spot and just perform really well for the club and repay the faith that ‘Stabba’ and the committee have shown in me.”
Melbourne Knights take on Northcote City, away from home, on Sunday with kick off from 3PM at John Cain Memorial Reserve.