Danny Dixon was unveiled as Melbourne Knights’ 4th signing of the off-season on Thursday afternoon, as head coach Andrew Marth builds a squad full of depth for the 2017 PS4 NPL season.
The pacy winger, who can play on either side of the pitch, comes to Somers Street after splitting his time between Hume City and Bentleigh Greens in 2016.
Prior to that, the Englishman had periods at PS4 NPL WA outfits ECU Joondalup and Bayswater City, which all came after playing for current League Two side Carlisle United in the UK.
The 22-year-old is the second winger of Andrew Marth’s 2017 recruitment drive after the announcement of Adelaide-native Elvis Kamsoba on Monday, with both wide-men joining Jake Barker-Daish and Kym Harris as the additions thus far for the new campaign.
Although from the United Kingdom, Dixon has been in Australia for 7 years and will not be regarded as a visa player within the NPL Player Points System.
Speaking to Knights Media, Dixon said getting Knights back to the top of the league would be his main objective after signing with the Club.
“Knights are a big Club in Australia and didn’t achieve as much as they wanted to last year – I thought coming here and trying to help the Club get back to where they used to be, and should be in the NPL, and on the national stage in the FFA cup, would be a good challenge for myself,” Dixon said.
“Stabba [Andrew Marth] and Frank [Juric] first got in contact with me at the end of September. They said they were interested in having a chat with me about the 2017 season, (and) when we first spoke, we spoke about the how the Club wants to progress in 2017 and challenge for the top 3 spots and once again making the FFA cup round of 32.
“Hopefully I can play my part in helping the Club achieve our goals for the year.”
Dixon, who describes himself as a “very direct winger” who loves to run at defenders, said there’d be no easy game in 2017 but identified a number of NPL sides he regarded as contenders for the same title the Knights would be vying for.
“Every club is a club we need to beat: it doesn’t matter if they’re a league contender or not. We need to go out every week and make sure we get the points. League contenders – you can never right off Bentleigh, Heidelberg or South, and hopefully we will be fighting for that top spot when the season comes to an end.”