NRFL Men: Trio of players sign on
Papatoetoe AFC is excited to announce the return of former Reds player Imraan Shah back to the club for the 2016 season.
Imraan Shah is another familiar face to the club supporters having made is First Team debut under the guidance of Paul Hillis in 2010, whilst still at high school. Coach Mark Holt knows the ability Shah has; “Imraan is a player that has great feet to work in tight areas and the vision to look up and pick out a pass that puts a team mate in on goal. He has experience and quality that are going to compliment the players around him. A number of the squad spoke about how he can improve our play with various aspects that he brings to our club’.
On signing for Papatoetoe, Shah said, "Coming back to Papatoetoe gives me the opportunity to play with friends I grew up with. Also the confidence Mark has put on me knowing that I have not played for a year and half was enough for me to sign. The potential in the players at the club is enormous. I am looking forward to a competitive season ahead."
Iwa Shaker and Ishtiyaq Shah have also put pen to paper staying loyal to the cause. Shaker made a huge difference coming on board half way through the season from Mangere United and added valuable goals.
Iwa said on signing, “I have always had a soft spot for Papatoetoe, it's the club I first kicked a ball at and have been though many adventures with for 11 years. I spent a few years away learning and improving my football in the Premier League and ASB Premiership and I feel like I can help the young players coming through now at the club. Last year when I came in we weren't in a very good position on the table, we managed to turn that around and fingers crossed we can push for a much higher finish this year.”
One of the young players Iwa will be helping along the way is youngster Ishtiyaq Shah. He has come through the One Tree Hill College football academy and was signed last year, although has yet to make a NRFL First Team appearance Mark Holt is singing his praises. “Ish is a player who I have seen transform over four years at OTHC, in 2015 I felt having him around a Men’s set up would improve him as a player and prepare him for game time in 2016. So far in preseason he has pushed his case to start weekly and no one can complain with what he has produced over the last month.”