Melbourne Knights has bolstered its 2016 PS4 NPL squad ahead of Wednesday’s deadline day, with the Club snatching former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Jason Hicks from cross-town rivals South Melbourne.
Capped once by the New Zealand national team, the 26-year-old made 35 appearance for the ‘Nix during his time at the A-League club from 2013 to 2015 and comes to Somers Street after initially agreeing to terms with South Melbourne last November.
The defensive midfielder left Chris Taylor’s men through a mutual termination, leaving South Melbourne with a vacant visa spot in their squad to fill.
“I haven’t gone into too much detail [with Andrew Marth] but I just know i have to give my all and do my best and give 100%. I’m just really looking forward to getting out on the pitch,” Hicks said.
Speaking to melbourneknights.com.au on Friday, Hicks said he had a small bit of knowledge about Somers Street due to an old teammate.
“I do know a little bit [about the club] because of Louis Fenton who I played with at Wellington Phoenix, who came to Melbourne Knights and spoke nothing but good things of it, so it was an easy decision.”
Hicks also spoke highly of the NPL in Victoria, which he said motivated his move across the ditch from the Phoenix.
“I think outside of the A-League, I think the best league in Australia is the Melbourne NPL. Every player I’ve spoken to has recommend this NPL if you’re outside the A-League. If high profile players are recommending this league to get back, then I thought ‘why not’.”
Hicks has been included in the 16-man squad selected to travel to New South Wales this Sunday, where the Club will face Sydney United in the annual Friendship Cup.
The club has also released Dean Campelj, who departed by mutual termination during the week.