Melbourne Knights is happy to announce the Club’s first mid-season transfer, with Robbie Zadworny joining Andrew Marth’s senior squad from North Geelong Warriors FC.
The 28-year-old arrives at Knights Stadium after a long period with the Warriors, having joined the Knights’ sister-club back in 2009 when the squad was competing in FFV’s State League Two.
Six years later, and with North Geelong now in Victoria’s top flight, the pacy winger helped his former side’s start to the 2015 season with six NPL goals which included an impressive hat-trick against Green Gully.
Now at Somers Street, Zadworny said the move to the Knights was a dream come true.
“Words can’t describe how this feels for me. I’ve been growing up, watching Knights in the NSL days. It was always a dream for one of these big clubs – I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about that.
“My dream’s become a reality. It’s surreal.”
But with that said, the midfielder aknowledged how hard the decision was to leave his former club.
“It was something I was thinking about for two to three weeks,” Zadworny admitted.
“It was very difficult, but I mean, I’ve been very loyal to North Geelong and served a lot of time there playing as a footballer and signing with the Knights is something I wanted to do myself – on a personal level – as something before the end of my career where I can say that I’ve actually played for a big, big club.
“It was a hard decision, a very hard decision, but the boys have eased me into it as well because I know some of the boys here.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season with Andrew Marth’s team, Zadworny said his goal, on a personal and collective level, was to be still in contention for silverware come the end of the season.
“I’ve definitely come to a team that I want to be playing finals with. So that’s probably the main goal that I’m looking forward to.”
Zadworny will wear the number 17 shirt for the remainder of the 2015 PS4 NPL Victoria season.
Melbourne Knights is also able to confirm the departure of former youth player and 2015 squad member Josh Berrios, who joins second-placed NPL1 West outfit Moreland Zebras for the rest of the year.
“On my behalf, I just want to wish all the boys and Club the best of luck for the season,” Berrios said.
“I’m more than grateful to have been at the Club as senior player. With my move to Moreland, I’m aiming to get back to where I was before my injury in 2013 and hopefully I’ll be back at the Club in near future.”