NZ Knights squad complete

NZ Knights squad complete
SBS 21 June, 2005

The New Zealand Knights have announced the signings of a further two players, which completes their A-League squad of 20 for the competition's inaugural season kick-off in August.

Grimsby Town left-back Ronnie Bull, 24, agreed to terms with the Knights, and was joined by Australian Joshua Rose, who is a 23-year-old left-midfielder.

"We can confirm today the signing of Ronnie Bull and Joshua Rose to our squad, meaning our recruitment programme is complete and our training programme begins in earnest," confirmed manager John Adshead.

"Both bring the characteristics we are looking for in our team, strong personalities, a desire to win and of course a technical ability to complement others in the squad."

The latest player captures were announced in conjunction with what was described as "a unique Apprenticeship Scheme through the Charlton Knights Youth Academy".

Jeremy Christie, Sam Jasper and Kris Bright were revealed as the Knights' apprentice acquisitions.

Former Barnsley midfielder, Christie, now 22, recently became a full-fledged All Whites international and is the former New Zealand Under-17's skipper.

Jasper, 19, is another midfielder who has represented New Zealand at all junior levels, while Bright, at 18, will hope to make the most of his opportunities as a highly rated young striker.

Manager John Adshead is thrilled at the addition of the three promising youngsters to New Zealand's fraternity.

"We have made it clear from day one that our focus in the first few years in the Hyundai A-League must be on results and our player selection will reflect that," he said.

"Mid to long term however we are equally committed to providing a pathway for young New Zealand players to the professional game. In time I have no doubt that our best young talent will find their way through to our squad in greater numbers."

"Today's announcement of an Apprenticeship Scheme in association with the Charlton Knights Youth Academy is a key to that pathway," Adshead explained.

"The three players (soon to be four) we have named today all have the ability and potential to one day play professional football and through this scheme will to all intents and purposes be professional players, albeit outside our initial squad of 20 players."


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