Hakoah Sydney City East FC is gearing up for a big 2017 season with a clear target to play an exciting brand of football as well as cementing itself in the PlayStation4 NPL NSW Men’s Finals Series.
With this in mind the recruitment process is well under way, and the club is excited to announce the signing of former Sydney FC and Young Socceroo Goalkeeper Anthony Bouzanis.
Bouzanis was delighted upon reaching his terms and conditions with the club and couldn’t wait for the new season to kick off.
“After meeting Hakoah Sydney City East FC head coach Gavin Rae, I knew it was the best club for me to play as many games as possible and provide me with the opportunity to make the step back up into the Hyundai A-League.
“Hakoah Sydney City East FC has been on the way up for the last six years, and after promotion to the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s in 2016 and surviving the first year, the coaches were clear that the goal is now competing in finals football and I am excited to help the Club achieve this goal.”
First Grade Coach, Gavin “Guv” Rae was also happy in securing one of the best young keepers in Sydney.
“I am delighted to have secured Anthony Bouzanis as our number one goalkeeper for next season. He has been with Sydney FC and earned a first team contract with them, also being involved with the Young Socceroos, so he brings great experience and will fit into our club very well. We want to provide him with a great platform to reach his undoubted potential.”
Protecting Anthony will be Hakoah Sydney City East FC central defender Brad Walker who re-signed with the club despite attracting offers from a number of suiters. After returning from a four-year stint in the US college system in 2013, Brad has been one of the best players in Hakoah Sydney City East FC’s climb up the divisions, and proved himself to be one of the most talented defenders in the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s competition in 2016. Brad’s father Barry is also a key figure in the club as the Junior Technical Director, and both Brad and Barry will be found attending every Hakoah Sydney City East FC match they can across the age groups.
Hakoah Sydney City East FC President Michael Katz noted his excitement about the signing of Anthony Bouzanis.
“The fact that he chose to play with us reflects Hakoah Sydney City East FC’s commitment to developing talented young players. Gavin Rae comes from an incredible football pedigree and has an exciting vision for our football club next season, any talented young player should be striving to play under him and learn from his experience.”
-Hakoah Sydney City East FC Press Release