Late yesterday afternoon at a special Press Conference attended by a wide cross section of Melbourne’s sporting media, the Melbourne Knights announced that three former sons had re-signed for the Club following the demise of the Carlton Soccer Club.
The three former championship players, Andrew Marth, Steve Horvat and Lubo Lapsansky were in attendance as was flamboyant Knights’ President Harry Mrksa who was instrumental in the negotiations which saw the trio finally return to Knights Stadium.
All sides seemed extremely satisfied with the outcome of negotiations and as President Mrksa openly admitted, ”These players could have all obtained much better money elsewhere had they signed with other clubs, but there was more to it than just money. They started their careers here, they want to end their careers here. That loyalty ought to be applauded.”
When asked by one prominent journalist if the arrival of the ‘Old Guard’ would throw the current team harmony into disarray, Team Manager John Sigur spoke up.
”I think I can safely answer that question on the players’ behalf,” commented Sigur, ”the players are extremely excited by the prospect of these three joining the current team and the likelihood of our already talented team, now appearing certain to contest this season’s final series.”
Following the Press Conference, the ‘Prodigal Sons’ joined the rest of the squad for a light training session.
It will now be up to coach Vlado Vanis to decide whether or not to rush these experienced campaigners into tonight’s line-up against Adelaide City.
Negotiations are continuing with a fourth Carlton player.
It is expected that the Club will announce his signing shortly.