Young wolf pack to take up attack

Last season's joint top scorer, Mark Picciolini is quitting the Wolves for Albion Park.
Last season's joint top scorer, Mark Picciolini is quitting the Wolves for Albion Park.


Incoming South Coast coach Richard Lloyd has endorsed the club's emerging players to solve the Wolves' goal-scoring puzzle ahead of next year's NSW Premier League campaign.

The club's all-time leading goalscorer and former Socceroo Sasho Petrovski has joined ace striker Mark Picciolini at the Crehan Park exit door.

Petrovski, 37, has taken up a technical director position with Super League club Bankstown City for 2013, while last season's joint top scorer Picciolini has linked with Illawarra Premier League outfit Albion Park.

Lloyd said he had been buoyed by the recruitment of ex-Wolf Chris Price while the club inched closer to welcoming previously on-loan striker Ricky Zucco back into the fold.

Price returns after a successful stint with Sutherland, while Lloyd earmarked Peter Simonoski, as well as youth team prospect Matt Floro, as capable of shouldering the attacking burden.

"We're really trying to put as many youth guys in as possible who have been through the Wolves system to create a local, young and successful team. That is what we're trying to aim for," Lloyd said.

"We're working with Tarrawanna to get Ricky Zucco [permanently].

"I'm not sure how far down the track we are, but we're pretty close, I hear."

While "disappointed" with Petrovski's exit from the Wolves, Lloyd said South Coast would still be stocked with some experience, following the re-signings of ex-A League defender Jacob Timpano and centre back partner Michael Robinson.

The Wolves have been grouped with Sydney United, Sydney Olympic, Sutherland, APIA Leichhardt and the Central Coast Mariners Academy in the preseason tournament.

South Coast kick off that competition against Sydney United at Crehan Park on February 2.


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