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Southern United Player Signings

Dear Southern United fans,

We're excited to announce that Southern United senior team head-coach, Paul O'Reilly, has recruited a number of 'import' players that will play for the senior team this season.

By utilising connections from previous roles, Paul has recruited five players who landed in the region this week. They are all Irish, and all players Paul has coached directly in the past. Their names and positions are:

Stephen Last - Centre Back

Danny Ledwith - Centre Midfield/Left Back

Conor O'Keeffe - Right/Left Back or Centre Midfield

Andy Mulligan - Left Wing/Forward

Eric Molloy - Right Wing/Forward

As part of our goal of aligning Southern United into the Football South ecosystem, a key part of the decision was their skills outside of playing football which are beneficial to both Football South and the football community. Three of the players are UEFA 'B' qualified coaches: Danny, Stephen and Conor. The other two have a coaching background along with high level strength and conditioning expertise. As such, we'll be putting them to work delivering programmes which we feel will work towards our strategic objectives and benefit Football in the region. 

Stephen and Conor will be based in South Canterbury delivering the vacant FDO role there. Danny will be based in Dunedin and be delivering as an Otago FDO alongside Lewis Houghton. Andy and Eric will be pursuing some of their own work as S&C coaches, but will be involved with Football South on a casual basis delivering in schools, holiday programmes, skills centres, FTC etc. The majority of these players are planning to stay in the Federation once the season is over to continue their development roles with Football South and contribute to the local football scene.

On the pitch, the incoming players have hundreds of national league appearances between them, including experience as full-time professionals, playing in the Europa league matches and representing Ireland at various youth levels.  

These players join the existing squad of Federation based players who have been training for a number of weeks. With the Irish players coming in we are adding more depth to an already strong squad that not only contains experienced senior players but also a number of exciting young players who have stepped up from last year's successful Southern United Youth team.

To meet these players as well as the final squad from all four teams, chat to the coaches and staff, and get some updates on the Southern United plans for the coming season, come along to the Southern United launch event on October 14th, 5pm at 'The Hub' at the Otago Polytechnic - watch out for the invitation which is coming soon.  

 

Kind Regards

Chris Wright - CEO Football South & Southern United