(Geelong Advertiser, November 11, 2015)
GEELONG has made a very clear and loud statement of intent that it wants to be out of State League 2 this season.
The club has announced three key signings with coach Steve Laurie adding there was even more to come.
Former Australian under-17 and A-League youth player Brodie Paterson, veteran goalkeeper Stuart Webster and midfielder Dulie Delic are the first key names to put pen to paper and join Geelong.
Laurie said the club will continue its search internationally as it looks to push towards a berth in the National Premier League.
“That’s the end product which we want to obtain,” Laurie said of his club’s ambition to reach Victoria’s top flight.
“We’ll add a couple more big signings. We’ve got a couple of kids released by Melbourne City training with us.
“I’m entertaining the avenue of bringing out two boys (from England). It’ll come down to budgets and finance but I am certainly in contact with people in England, Scotland and China.
“It certainly is (a sign of intent from the club).”
The club will finish its first four week block of pre-season training on Saturday before having a short spell through December.
Nick Kalmar (above)
Former Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderer Nick Kalmar had also trained with Geelong as his search for a new club continues.
Laurie said Paterson, an attacking midfielder, was an terrific signing.
“I’ve been full time and I’ve gone through the system. He is as good as you can get technically.
“You cannot get someone at that age in the state with that much of a football brain.”
Webster brings invaluable experience in goal for Geelong and adds extra competition for a starting spot with Alec Kitanovski.
“Alec done very, very well for us. If you are a soccer mind, at 24, 25 you are still learning,” Laurie said.
“He will be an absolute brilliant keeper. But I had to get someone with experience and give Alec that little bit extra that he needs to be solid as our number one in years to come.”
Laurie said he had admired Delic for a number of years and finally managed to nab his man for this season.
“To be honest at the back of my mind I thought if I got a team then I’d always want to take Dulie,” he said.
“He can play anywhere in midfield. He is just a natural footballing talent.
“He doesn’t give the ball away, he is tricky on the ball.”