Northcote City are excited to announce the signing of Canadian right-back Zak Drake from Olympia Warriors.
The 24-year-old fills the squad’s vacant VISA position having impressed in NPL Tasmania during the first half of 2016.
Having left his home country at the age of 16, Drake most recently played in Germany, having spells with Darmstadt and Viktoria 07 Kelsterbach before moving down under.
“Coming to Australia was a completely new experience. Before that I was playing in Germany, different side of the world, different way of doing things but with football every place has their specialties. I’ve played in a bunch of different places around the world and I get to incorporate that into my playing style,” Drake said.
“In Tassie I got introduced to Australian football. I really appreciated my time playing for Olympia, I have a lot of love and respect for the club and I don’t take my time there for granted.”
“It was a nice stepping stone for the progression of my career. I have a lot of aspirations that I’m pushing for and I’m not settling with who I am as a player now. I feel like moving to the league in Melbourne was a great next step.”
Drake feels he has a lot to offer City particularly in its current position as the Club looks to climb to NPL safety.
“I work for a personal development company which has to with a lot of positive psychology, confidence and improving your life. I implement a lot of that stuff with who I am and I feel like that’s really important with my contribution to the team.”
“I’m coming here with a job to do in terms of helping the team out of relegation and with my character I can contribute to the club environment. In the situation that the club is in it’s easy to get down as a team and on each other. I feel like I can help lift the other players and set a good example and lead the charge in making sure our team is mentally equipped for the challenges to come for the rest of the season.”
Drake has been brought in by coach Goran Lozanovski to fill the void at the right hand side of Northcote’s defence which has lacked a regular specialist in that position so far this season.
“Starting as a holding midfielder, in recent years I’ve been turned to right back. I like the right back position because I can really apply what I’ve learned playing as a central midfielder for several years. I also apply that kind of work engine.”
“I like playmaking more than goalscoring. I really like slotting balls in and being the guy that leads into the goal and not the guy that scores the goal. I help other people to do their job. I love running up and down the line and supporting the attack.”
“One of my bigger qualities is communication. You’ll see I’ll be talking like crazy throughout the whole 90 minutes. It doesn’t happen often that I don’t lose my voice by the end of the game. I like to make sure that things are organised with the players around me.”
Drake is in contention to start when Northcote take on Melbourne Knights on Saturday at John Cain Memorial Park.
You can check out his coaching company at http://www.zakdrakecoaching.com