He’ll be 36 years old before a ball is kicked in 2018, but former A-League gun Nick Montgomery insists he’ll still have plenty of fire in the belly next NSW NPL season after penning a new deal at the Wollongong Wolves.
In a major signing boost, Montgomery has committed to a one-year agreement with the former NSL champions for next season.
The ex-Sheffield United and Central Coast Mariners stalwart joined the Wolves midway through their 2017 campaign and played an instrumental role in the heart of the club’s midfield.
Despite entering the twilight of his career, the one-time A-League grand final winner hopes to continue in the same vein in 2018.
“I'm in great shape and the hunger is definitely still burning strong,” Montgomery said.
“It’s a fantastic club, with a great bunch of boys and we’ll give things a real good shake next season.
“The majority of the squad has been retained and we’ve also got some very good quality youngsters coming through the system.
“I’m already looking forward to playing again next season.”
Montgomery, who is a fully qualified UEFA A license coach, will also play a role assisting first grade boss Jacob Timpano and his assistant Neil Mann.
Montgomery is Wollongong’s first major signing announced for next season, with the club expected to complete several deals with key players in the coming weeks. However, star attacker Patrick Antelmi is not expected to re-sign for a second season.
Ben Tosi, Hristijan Tanoski, Hayden Morton and James O’Rourke are also expected to depart for Sydney-based clubs in the off-season.
Wollongong will also have two VISA players spots to fill.
It is understood they hope to retain former Japanese international Yuzo Tashiro, who scored 10 goals in his maiden season on the South Coast.
Meanwhile, the NSW National Premier League campaign will officially wrap up this weekend when APIA Leichhardt Tigers face-off against Manly United in the grand final.
The decider will kick-off at 4pm at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.