Spirit signs six

The overhaul of the list at the Northern Spirit has continued with the announcement of six new signings for next season - including Sydney Olympic's goalscoring ace Pablo Cardozo.

The overhaul of the list at the Northern Spirit has continued with the announcement of six new signings for next season.

Notts County midfielder Andy McDermott, Sydney Olympic striker Pablo Cardozo (pictured), Luton Town defender Julian Watt, Melbourne Knights goalkeeper Lupce Acevski, Marconi defender Simon Bell and former Eastern Pride midfielder John Hutchinson will all play in Spirit colours in 2001/02.

They join Perth Glory midfielder Robert Trajkovski, who signed for Northern Spirit on the eve of the NSL finals series.

The wave of signings significantly strengthens the Northern Spirit squad, combined with established players Craig Foster, Paul Henderson, Noel Spencer, Troy Cranney, Scott Thomas, Ryan Griffiths, Robbie Enes, Alex Moreira and Gabriel Mendez.

?We have targeted players who can do a specific job,? Northern Spirit Coach Mick Hickman said.

?Last season we had a team full of talented players who could do a reasonable job in a number of positions. We have now established a side with players who can do one, or two, jobs very well.

?We believe we have been able to pull together a side full of players who will walk out onto the pitch and get the job done every week. I am not interested in a team of stars I wanted a side that will perform as a unit by getting their own job done.?

McDermott returns to Australia after spending time in England with West Bromwich Albion and Notts County, where he was a crowd favourite last season.

His return was based on personal reasons with Andy and he wife starting a family.

The 24-year-old was a member of the Australian U17 Joeys side that contested the 1993 World Youth Cup and played several games for the Olyroos in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Cardozo, who has scored 96 goals in 236 NSL matches, boosts Spirit?s hopes for an improved showing in the NSL with the noted goalscorer sure to find the back of the net on a regular basis, as he did with Sydney Olympic.

Watt, who has also had a successful stint with Hickman at Leicester, will form the backbone of the Northern Spirit defence with a tough uncompromising attitude.

Bell will join Watt in the Spirit backline after performing exceptionally well as part of Marconi?s miserly defence, which helped them into the NSL playoffs this season.

Acevski was also instrumental in lifting the Melbourne Knights from a mid table position into the top six and he will push existing goalkeeper Paul Henderson in a battle for the Number 1 shirt.

Hutchinson joins Northern Spirit from the defunct Eastern Pride with the talented 21-year-old receiving rave reviews for his performance in the under-performing Pride outfit.
Source: Sportal