Preparations for the 2017 PS4 NPL season are officially underway with head coach Andrew Marth and assistant coach Frank Juric re-signing with the Club for new season on Thursday.
Marth – the Club’s longest-serving head coach – will embark on his fifth consecutive season after re-joining the Knights mid-way through 2012, his second period in the top job after player/coaching from 2000-2003.
Former Bundesliga goalkeeper and Socceroo Frank Juric will also make 2017 his fifth year in the Knights coaching ranks, signifying a renewed sense of long term stability around the senior team.
The coaching duo, who were teammates in the Knights’ 1994/95 NSL championship/premiership double winning side, have had a consistent level of success since joining the Club, having either made finals or qualified for the Westfield FFA Cup in every full season in charge.
Speaking to Knights Media, Marth acknowledged the committee’s quick negotiations which would prove to be crucial in a year when the competition starts earlier.
“It happened virtutally straight away,” Marth said.
“Credit to the club: they wanted to basically get in early and get Frank and I back on board – it was probably a no brainier to agree that we’re loyal and the club has shown us loyalty.”
“Now we’ve got time to look at getting some players in before they sign elsewhere and we’ve started on talking to a few players already.
“We believe – and it’s not confirmed yet – that the season will start early in February.”