Melbourne Knights are continuing to announce new-comers and old-favourites for the 2018 NPL season. The latest players to recommit to the men’s squad, two of Knights’ junior products, are Josh Brekalo and Luke Jurcic.
Brekalo, 25, returned to the club in 2015, after spending a large majority of his junior years in a red jersey at Melbourne Knights. Since then he has gone on to become a fan favourite, but Brekalo says that he has different goals going into this season:
“My personal goal for this season is to try and stay injury free for once, for the past two seasons I have missed months of football from two more serious types of injuries, so it would be great to spend more time out on the park!”.
Brekalo also mentioned that he’s looking forward to working under new head coaches, Aljoša Asanovic and Dean Racunica, saying that the anticipation of their arrival is bringing new found energy to the team:
“You feel a bit of a buzz around the rooms which is good, and it’s what we want. Hopefully once Aljoša and Dean arrive it continues”.
The club is excited to welcome back Brekalo for another season and is looking forward to supporting him and the rest of the squad in their goals for next year.
Luke Jurcic is the latest player to re-sign a contract for the upcoming 2018 season. Being a product of Melbourne Knights Juniors set-up, Jurcic is excited for the new head coaches to have access to the junior camp, and says that he’s proud that a large portion of the senior’s team played their junior years for the club:
“I think it will be good for all the juniors, to have a player of his calibre leading their development. I think he’ll try to continue the promotion of young players who can make that next step [into the senior team], such as myself, and many of the others”.
Being a massive comeback year for Melbourne Knights, Jurcic had a message for the community of long-time Knights’ fans, and fans that may be looking to return to the club;
“My message to anyone looking to come back, is probably that now, more than ever – we need the support of our fans. We have a really young squad, and especially after what we went through this season – having people there supporting us and cheering us on can really make a difference”, said Jurcic.
“The support has always been great for us, and I think we undoubtedly have the best fan base in the league – but having more people at our games can definitely make a huge difference for us out on the field”.
After a call to arms from one of the squads youngest, we welcome Jurcic back for another season at Knights, we wish him all the best and advise that fans keep a keen eye on him, as he promises to continue to be a strong choice in the Knights’ first-team selection.
Keep an eye on all of Melbourne Knights social media pages before Christmas, as we release further information on player signings in the coming days.