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.
Chris Wright - CEO Football South & Southern