Wolves name reborn

By Joel Ritchie
Updated November 5 2012 - 12:31pm, first published November 21 2009 - 11:23pm
A host of Wolves players stand behind new coach Trevor Morgan (centre) and player Brody Paine as they sign contracts in Wollongong. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Wolves are back! Wollongong Community Football Club has reclaimed the famous identity of the city's two-time national champions for 2010.WCFC ditched their unwieldy moniker - and announced they will be known as South Coast Wolves - after receiving permission from trademark owners Wollongong Epic Events yesterday.Epic Events ran the Wollongong Wolves until the club folded but remained in control of the Wolves trademark.They approved a request from WCFC to use the brand free of charge last week.President Paul Myjavec declared the switch another big step after a horror inaugural season that ended with the club dodging relegation only due to off-field dramas elsewhere. "We're extremely excited to be going back to the traditional brand - it really tops off our off-season," Myjavec said."We are playing at WIN Stadium, we're signing players, a new coach and a major sponsor."Although WCFC was a mouthful - and associated with 2009's wooden spoon - Myjavec believed the community-owned group needed a year away from the Wolves name."I believe we needed a year so people understood we were a different entity - it was like putting up a under new management sign in the shop window," he said.Meantime, new coach Trevor Morgan has unveiled his first seven signings. Centrebacks Nick McInerney, 23, and 18-year-old Alex Mansueto join Andrew Paine, Mark Picciolini, goalkeeper Brody Crane, Tayfun Buyukkopru and Lisandro Berbis for 2010.Kiama's Jack Keating and Corey Gameiro are expected to sign as apprentices.Although preseason started last Wednesday, Morgan doesn't want rush signings.The Westfield Sports High coach also foreshadowed a squad that looks far different from last year."I'd like to get someone who has been around for a while; if we don't get someone in the short term there will be people looking for clubs down the track," Morgan said."I don't want to over-commit to people I am not 100 per cent sure about. There were some obvious problems last year and if I find better players I have to take them."We don't want to be in the same position as last year."

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