Team Wellington is pleased to announce the signing of Andy Bevin for the 2016-2017 Stirling Sports Premiership season.
Bevin - a former Napier City Rovers and New Zealand age-group star - joined Team Wellington for the 2015-2016 season from South Melbourne after a stint with MLS side Seattle Sounders.
Bevin was drafted by Seattle after spending four years at West Virginia University, where he developed into one of the top attacking players in the country, finishing his career at WVU ranked seventh on the University's all time goal scoring list with 31 goals.
A product of Napier Boys’ High School, Bevin played three seasons for Hawke's Bay United in the Premiership and a further season for Waitakere United in 2012 before taking up a scholarship with West Virginia. He was a standout for Miramar Rangers in the winter season as they finished runner-up to Wellington Olympic in the Central League and made the semi-finals of the Chatham Cup.
Bevin is looking forward to returning to Team Wellington for another season.
“We want to define a new culture this year of playing good football and putting in entertaining performances and draw some crowds to David Farrington Park. We've kept the core of the team together, which is huge. We all played a big part in the team's success and know how good it felt to win the league, so everyone's motivated to repeat that. Getting to know the new coach's playing philosophy as quickly as we can and some early success in the league can help us build."
Bevin alluded to the challenges Team Wellington will face.
“We need to understand the new philosophy and then be ready to put it in play come the first game of the season. Also, keeping players out of the treatment room will help - summer and winter seasons back-to-back each year can take its toll - so managing the workload and squad rotation will come into it."
Exodus Team Wellington coach Jose Figueira is happy Bevin is part of this season's squad.
“Andy Bevin is another key member from last years' title winning season to return for the new season. He is a dynamic attacker who will add real energy and purpose in attack, and I look forward to seeing his qualities continue to excel within our attacking philosophy."