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Knights persuade Purcell

Timmy Purcell will call Knights Stadium home next season, as the former Irish youth international makes the switch from Dandenong Thunder and becomes Andrew Marth’s fifth signing in the transfer window.

Capable of playing as a midfielder or attacker, Purcell (27) made his senior debut at the age of 17 as a striker for UCD in the Irish First Division. After winning the league and securing promotion, Purcell made the switch to league rivals Waterford United and helped his side to 2nd spot in the division. During this time he also won 28 caps for the Irish Youth Teams.

With an opportunity to play in Australia, Purcell signed with Richmond SC in 2011 and featured in every game in the then-known Victorian Premier League scoring two goals in the process. Establishing himself as a key player, Purcell spent four and a half seasons with Richmond, before making the switch to the Thunder for the back half of last season.

“I remember playing against the Knights last season, and really enjoyed the way they play, so when the call came there was only one answer” Purcell said to Knights Media.

“When I first came to Australia, I found it very interesting to learn about the ethnic clubs. I quickly learned about the history of the Melbourne Knights.”

Now in his sixth season playing in Australia, Purcell is looking forward to his latest chapter at a new Club, although there will be a tricky fixture for the Irishman to overcome next season.

“My ambition is the same as the Club, I want to make finals, I want to win a trophy.”

“The game against Richmond will be tough, they were really good to me, like a family. It will be hard to go there as an opponent but I’m looking forward to it at the same time.”

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