Attacking Prowess sign
Papatoetoe AFC is pleased to announce the signings of former Reds player Cody Patterson, Manukau City forward Josh Karika and Fencibles Scott Booker to the club for the 2016 season.
Patterson is a familiar face to the club faithful and has scored many a goal for the Reds. In 2015 at Manukau City he scored six league goals, including one in the opening game of the season against Papatoetoe AFC. However coach Mark Holt said it is not just his goal scoring reputation that adds value to the side. “Cody adds experience at a higher level and his aggressive style along with his determination to win is required to compete in this league. He is the type of player that when fully fit can turn a game with his ability to read a situation and make the most of the opportunity. The other thing that can often be forgotten about Cody is his passion for the club and his high regard for it.”
On signing for the Reds, Cody said, “I have a strong desire to see the club go further, we shouldn’t be a Division 2 team. Personally I spent a number of years at the club in the Youth and Men’s section and with the structure in place I am pleased to be back here. This is a massive year for us with the signings Holty has got onboard; it is the start of a new era at Papatoetoe AFC. I am willing to put in the hard yards to see this club get better. I also have an emotional attachment to the club that my father loved so much.”
Cook Islands International forward Josh Karika has also put pen to paper signing for the club from Manukau City. Last season saw Karika in the top five scorers in the league with 13 goals and Holt knows that is something his side requires in 2016. “After seeing Josh play a lot last season I felt he is a player that would fit into Papatoetoe AFC moving forward. I am naturally delighted to bring in one of the divisions leading goal scorers to the club. There has been a lot of interest in Josh so it is great news that he has chosen to join us.”
Josh said on signing for the Reds, “I want to compete for promotion from division 2 and I have ambitions to win the title. I believe Papatoetoe AFC is the best environment to achieve those goals. The coaching staff and the players secured already have the same desire to advance the club. I feel I can contribute a lot to the team, whilst also enjoying my football.”
Former Papatoetoe High School and ex-Fencibles player Scott Booker has also transferred to the club in the offseason. Booker scored goals at this level last term with seven and is keen to reunite with some of his former high school teammates. Holt said on his signing, “Scott is a player I was trying to bring into the club in 2015. He had a great preseason with us scoring plenty of goals and I thought that might get him over the line. It wasn’t to be at the time, however now he has come over I think he will enjoy himself at the club in our environment.”
On signing for Papatoetoe, Scott said “I have come to Papatoetoe AFC because I want to improve my game and with the coaching staff already in place here I believe this is the club to be at. I know a number of the players already and they have been keeping me informed of the changes that have been made since Holty has come to Papatoetoe.”
Papatoetoe AFC would like to extend a warm welcome to the new signings and we look forward to having them on-board for the 2016 season.