Tasman United have announced four new local signings that bring together a mixture of youth and experience.
Mark Johnston, Sammy Ayers, Daniel Allen and Bertie Fish all have signed player agreements and for the debut season of the team in the National League.
Nelson Football stalwart Johnston has also been appointed inaugural Club Captain and sits within the committee.
“Its been fantastic to have been involved from the outset with the franchise, and now to sign on as a player means I can represent my region at the highest level, which is a dream come true to be honest.
“To be named as inaugural club captain is obviously a tremendous honour and I look forward to doing my best for the club.”
Locally based coach Davor Tavich continues to monitor local players and skypes weekly with head coach Richard Anderson.
“We are building the bones of the squad with the signing of players with a specific game plan in mind.
“When Richard arrives at the start August, we can finalise the make up of the 23 man men’s team and build the Youth team squad.”
For Richmond striker Bertie Fish, the opportunity to be a part of something new proved irresistible.
“To be part of the first season and step up to a higher level of football like the national league is quite exciting.”
The 18-year-old says Davor had spoken to him about the chance and he decided to give it a go.
“I’ve been coached by Davor for quite a while now and I’ve enjoyed it so he convinced me.
“I’m also excited about meeting (Richard Anderson).”
LVL Nelson Pine Tasman United will be competition in the Mens premier National League and they will commence with a game on 24 September prior to the Wellington Phoenix at Trafalgar Park.