Melbourne Knights FC is happy to confirm that Adrian Zahra has signed with the Club ahead of the 2015 PS4 NPL Victoria season.
The 24-year-old returns to the Club where he played juniors and made his first senior appearance after periods with A-League sides Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory and stint in Malta with Valletta FC.
Zahra joined the Club last Friday, on what was a hectic Transfer Deadline Day for the league, and will be eligible to play this Friday when the Knights take on Avondale FC in the NPL Victoria season opener.
Speaking to melbourneknights.com.au before his first training session at the Club, the winger said he was glad to be back at Somers Street and was aiming for success in Andrew Marth’s squad.
“It’s an exciting time,” Zahra said.
“The NPL is obviously in its second season and I’m just happy to be back somewhere where I began and where I was really enjoying football. I’m just looking forward to it.
“[Knights] are a proud club and in order to pay back a bit of faith – because at the end of the day I grew up at this club and this is basically where I started – it was just an easy decision for me to make.”
“Knights have a rich history and I’m sure they want to win things and so do I. You come back and you play football to win – if you don’t to win, you don’t really want to be here, let’s be honest.”
The midfielder also admitted that he was propositioned by other NPL clubs, but said his decision to come back to Knights Stadium was an easy one.
“To be fair, there were obviously a few other clubs I was talking to. It came to the last day and I’d only been back [in Australia] a few days beforehand and the decision to come here was very easy.
“I obviously know Sarma (Knights President, Simun Samardzic) very well and the Club. The way they are looking forward, it’s a good place to be right now.
“I still feel as though I’ve got enough to perform at the highest league in Australia but to come back here, to my grassroots, is something that I’m looking forward to and these leagues are fundamental to producing young players and everything going forward for Australian football.”
Zahra and his teammates start the new season at home to Avondale FC on Friday, February 20th, with at 8.30PM at Knights Stadium.