As we continue to fill our arsenal prior to the end of 2017, Melbourne Knights would like to welcome our newest signing, Jordan Gifkins. We recently caught up with the young goalkeeper to see what he had to say on his past experiences and what he’s excited for next year:
“This club is a part of Australian football history, I didn’t have to think twice when I got the call.”
“I want to represent the badge; simply for the fact that so many junior players have gone on to play seniors, and a lot have even gone on to play professional football, that was a huge attraction” said Gifkins.
Gifkins, 21, is a goalkeeper who jetted his way from SL1 to the top flight of Victorian football in only 2 years. He then earned his first brush with Knights in 2014, when his goal-keeping heroics led South Springvale SC into the Dockerty Cup final, after a lengthy semi final penalty shootout with St Albans Saints.
Unfortunately, Gifkins didn’t go on to play in that final, but he says he had the chance to have a good look into the standard of the Victorian NPL and the passion of Melbourne Knight’s players and supporters:
“It was amazing to see the amount of support Knights had that day [during the Dockerty Cup final]. Despite being on the losing side, it was something else to witness that passion, and the relationship between the team and the supporters.” stated Gifkins.
The young keeper then went on to sign his first NPL contract with Northcote City, followed on by a move to Bentleigh Greens, and has spent the last two years honing his skills for first-team football, and has decided to branch out within the league in order to chase starting positions in 2018.
We asked Jordan about what attracted him to Melbourne Knights, and what he hopes to achieve as the newest member of the squad:
“I’d love to play, above all else. I feel I’m ready to make the step up and have a positive impact.”
“I’d love for us to play finals, a club with the stature of Melbourne Knights should never be near the relegation zone – all the boys are working extremely hard so I know the team will be ready to hit the ground running” said Gifkins.
We invite all Knights fans to give Jordan a warm welcome to the club, and extend our best wishes to him for the 2018 season.
With almost a full squad, Knights are looking forward to a ‘calm-before-the-storm’ during the Christmas period, as our pre-season efforts promise to ramp up ahead of the 2018 NPL season just after the New Year.
Melbourne Knights wishes all its members and supporters a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing the many faces of all past, present and future fans at Somers Street in 2018.