Milos Ilic, Trent Manicas and Alec Goodwin have all signed with Northcote City Football Club as the senior squad for 2017 continues to build.
Ilic, 19, is a former Northcote junior who eventually moved to Heidelberg United where he would captain the U20s before tasting first team action in the first part of 2016.
The promising young defender was then released and went to train at Partizan Belgrade in Serbia before returning to Melbourne and choosing John Cain Memorial Park as his next home ground.
“Northcote is a big club. It was sad to see it go down a division. I want to play for a club that is happy to try and go somewhere and hopefully compete to get back into the top league,” Ilic said.
An imposing physical presence, Ilic can play at the heart of defence and as a right-back.
“I’m a typical defender and I think it’s important to take care of the simple things first and foremost,” he said.
“I can play those two positions but it doesn’t matter which as long as I’m on the park and performing. I want to play at the highest level possible.”
Manicas is also a familiar face at Hercules having joined at the age of five before returning as a 14-year-old. He started training with Alex Gymnopoulos’ U21 side at just 15 and continued to prosper before joining Port Melbourne, progressing into the Sharks’ seniors.
“(Port) was really intense. We had some big names and it felt good to be a part of it but for myself I thought it was right to move and find some more game time,” the 19-year-old said.
“Northcote has been a big part of my development as a player and as a person as well. Alex and the other staff have structured me into the footballer that I am today.”
Manicas feels most at home as a number ten where he feels he can best let his qualities shine through for the team.
“I’m happy with the ball at my feet where I can use my vision and passing ability to hit players from anywhere on the field. It’s mainly off the ball that I’m working to improve.”
“To be contenders somewhere around the top would be great. It would be one hell of a feat but depending on how everyone works together and our mentality we can be successful if we work hard.”
The Club is also delighted to have exciting 20-year-old striker Alec Goodwin on board.
Originating from Sydney where he came through the elite youth squads at NSW NPL club Blacktown Spartans, Goodwin joined Port Melbourne in 2015 and over the last two years has impressed with some eye-catching performances for the first team.
“I enjoyed my time at Port. I had a good two-year spell there,” Goodwin said.
“I progressed well as a player and now I’m here at Northcote to keep going, score goals and enjoy my football.”
“I like the ball into feet, I’m technical but I can do both sides.”
“I want to score as many goals as I can to help the team be as competitive as possible.”
The trio of signings sees City’s squad beginning to near completion ahead of the commencement of pre-season training next week.