Northcote City are excited to announce the signings of Anthony Taranto and Todd Norris.
Norris, 20, is a striker who has spent time at both Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory’s youth ranks who will add firepower to City as they look to improve in the second part of the season.
Having recently played back at home with Western Pride in the Queensland NPL, Norris has come to Northcote in search of a greater challenge.
“(NPLV) is definitely a bigger league and another step up. There is better quality and some good players going around down here and I’m ready to test myself against them.”
Norris can also play on either wing and has several attributes to his game, as he hopes to hit the ground running and help City out of its current predicament with half of the season remaining.
“Definitely running at players is something I do. I like to create and bring other players into the game as well as holding the ball up and working hard for the team.”
“Hopefully I can help get the team winning some more games, get us out of the position we are in and contribute to the team’s philosophy and structure.”
Taranto, 19, is a versatile midfielder who joins from NPL2 East side Nunawading City, having previously been in Melbourne City’s youth team.
“This year at Nunawading was awesome. It’s a really unique environment and club, and I love what they do there. We left on good terms.”
“Northcote is a great atmosphere. The boys are great to be with at training and on matchday and Loza (Goran Lozanovski) is a great coach and leader. The staff are excellent and so far I’m loving it.”
Taranto made his debut in Saturday’s narrow 3-2 loss to Oakleigh, showing his versatility by slotting in at right back and laying on an assist for Braedyn Crowley’s equaliser.
“I’m happy to play wherever I’m needed. I’ve played left back at City as well as midfield and I’m a fairly versatile player.”
“The most important thing is getting Northcote out of the relegation spots. I want to do whatever I can to get the team where it deserves to be and that’s a lot better than where we are now. We’ll work collectively to do that.”
“Personally I just want to play well every week, try and get as many starting appearances as I can and try to end the season well.”
The club would also like to confirm that Anthony Rizk and Nick Tzoulis have left for Oakleigh and Whittlesea Ranges respectively.