Team Wellington is pleased to announce the signings of Josh Margetts, Ryan Holden and Omrie Saolele for the 2016-17 Stirling Sports Premiership.
Margetts captained Palmerston North Marist in this season’s Central League and was previously at Wairarapa United. He spent two seasons with Hawkes Bay United and is a current Fustal White.
Margetts was happy to be involved again at National League level, “Team Wellington has a strong reputation as a well organised and ambitious franchise. The club and coaching staff have been very professional in everything they have done to get us prepared for the upcoming season. The squad that José has formed is first class and have the ability to be really successful this season. Our main focus now is to learn the new, exciting playing style and trust in each other and the coaching staff.”
Team Wellington coach Jose Figueria on Margetts joining, “One of the newest members of the squad Josh represents a local player whose standout performances for Palmerton North Marist in the Central League this season earned him a training opportunity. A versatile attacking player able to play across many positional slots, Josh impressed further in training and will bring quality depth to our squad."
The Manchester born defender Ryan Holden was part of the Manchester United FC Academy for nine years during his junior days. He arrived in New Zealand earlier this year where he was playing for Wanganui FC in the Central Football Federation League and his performances led to an opportunity to trial with Team Wellington.
Holden was looking forward to the season ahead, “I decided to sign because I wanted to challenge myself and see if I was good enough to play for a summer league team. From what I've seen there appears to be quality all over the pitch.”
Omrie Saolele joins Team Wellington after being part of the Wellington Phoenix Reserves and spending the winter season with Wellington United. Before coming to New Zealand he played for Logan Lightning in the Brisbane Premier League.
Eighteen year old Saolele was excited by the opportunity to join Team Wellington, “I was born in Wellington before my family moved to Australia, so I couldn't pass the opportunity to play for the franchise, I was truly impressed with the level of experience and talent of every player in the team. I am also excited to work with coach Jose, as his philosophy, coaching and style he wants us to play is what I believe will take the team and also my own game to the next level and beyond.”
Figueria was pleased with Holden and Saolele coming on board, “Ryan was offered a training opportunity and soon grasped it with both hands and quickly showed his technical quality, game intelligence and an attitude that enabled him to fit straight into our environment. Omrie brings huge potential, fantastic work ethic and versatility to the squad both in defence and attack. A young player with a lot of promise, I believe Team Wellington will be the perfect environment for him to continue his football development”.