Timmy Purcell first joined the club directly from Dandenong Thunder at the end of 2015. Having now been with the club for two full seasons, Purcell’s endless work-rate and on-field presence are now a regular occurrence in Knights starting-11 squads.Tim had the following to say regarding his last two years at the club:”Playing for a massive club with the proud tradition of Melbourne Knights is always pleasing, especially being from overseas myself, and seeing international stars like Mark Viduka and Joe Šimunic play here. The culture is great, and the community are used to that calibre. It is fantastic to be a part of.”
“The announcement of the new coaches is very exciting, which makes the working environment very promising at Melbourne Knights”, stated Purcell.
The club is ecstatic to have Timmy on board for another season and is looking forward to assisting him to continue to flourish as a player and as a key member of the Knights setup.
Kym Harris has also re-committed ahead of next season, after starting off his time at the club at the beginning of 2017. Harris says that he has unfinished business, and looks forward to learning everything he can from new head coach Aljoša Asanovic, and assistant coach Dejan Racunica during next season:
“Both of them are proven at the top level, and I’m looking forward to learning from them both”, said Harris
“2017 was a tough period for the club, fortunately we stayed up in the NPL. 2018 is a fresh start, there’s some new faces that have come into the squad so hopefully they can settle in and bring a positive influence”.
Harris put on a hat-trick hero display during Melbourne Knights relegation play-off game against Dandenong City this season. The game ended in a 3-2 result in favour of the Knights, and ultimately kept the side playing top tier state football for 2018, meaning the potential for Harris is sky-high. The club is excited to invite Kym back and wishes him all the best for the upcoming season.
Shaun Timmins, who joined Melbourne Knights in this years mid-season transfer window has boosted the teams defensive systems by bringing an experienced and disciplined playing style to the Knights back-line. Having played in England, New Zealand, Western Australia and finally settling in Victoria; Timmins says he is keen to work with the new head coaches and hopes they bring some European flair to next seasons tactical approach.
Melbourne Knights welcomes Shaun back for 2018 and eagerly awaits some solid defensive performances in his upcoming appearances for the club.
Having all seen the tough side of football this year, all three are confident that the guidance of the new coaching staff, as well as a resurgence of quality squad players, will play integral roles in the clubs success on the pitch next season.
Keep an eye on all of Melbourne Knights social media pages in the coming weeks, as we count down to Christmas with more player signing announcements.