Less than two months after winning the grand final, Dapto Dandaloo Fury have bolstered their squad for a title defence by announcing six key signings, including three 2014 Wolves players.
Former South Coast skipper Jacob Timpano, striker Ricky Zucco and Mitch Del Turco will join Illawarra Premier League players Mitch Scazzariello (Port Kembla), Lachlan O’Connor (South Coast United) and Vaughan Patterson (Tarrawanna) at the Fury for the 2015 season.
Timpano, who won an A-League title with Sydney FC, said he was excited by the new challenge.
‘‘They are a good family club so I am looking forward to the season,’’ he said.
‘‘With Noel [Spencer] coaching someone who I have played against for a long time and in an A-League grand final, and with him at Sydney FC. He is someone I have respected and looked up to since I was a kid so having him there was something that really enticed me.
‘‘Zucco and Del Turco are coming across so there is some familiar faces coming across from the Wolves.
"They are a club who obviously play to win things and with FFA Cup now as you could get a good run in there and you never know how far you can go.’’
The additions will replace a list of off-season departures who helped the club to a gritty 2-0 grand final win over Bulli on September 28.
Chris Bush (returning home), Bradley Welch (Wolves), Shaun McRae (Albion Park White Eagles), Mason Versi (Central Coast Mariners) and Joe Crowley all won’t return.
‘‘Zucco and Del Turco are coming across so there is some familiar faces coming across from the Wolves. "Jacob Timpano
Add in the retirement of Spencer and Dapto-Dandaloo have lost almost half of their decider winning side.
They will maintain a core of veterans Alvin Ceccoli, Shane Lyons and Mitchell Blowes as well as George Naylor Medal runner-up Sam Munro.
David Hartas, Wade Oostendorp, Fabian Iacovelli and Ryan Suttle were also retained.
‘‘With the few older guys in the club, we will mix and match with some good players who have been around the traps,’’ Spencer said.
‘‘There is a fair bit of experience with those guys and with the younger ones who have come in like Scazz and Vaughan, who are only still in their early 20’s, they will have a lot of football ahead of them.’’
Spencer said the Fury would carry a reduced squad and utilise the club’s youth grade side for the season.
But he maintained the club would still be setting the bar high.
‘‘First things first, we will want to be really competitive in the league and finish as high up as we can on the ladder,’’ Spencer said.
‘‘There is three major trophies on offer but obviously our goal will be to get our hands on as many as we can.
‘‘We can’t being unrealistic but we need to strive for the best.’’