Whittlesea will once more be in the promotion hunt in 2017 as it replaces star striker Atilla Ofli Image: Mark Avellino

Whittlesea makes first signing, St Albans re-sign midfielder

Whittlesea Ranges has made its first signing of the off-season, securing the services of Pascoe Vale young gun Matthew Conversano.

The young forward, 18, made his debut for Pascoe Vale at just 16 years of age and has flourished in the NPL and was most recently part of a trio of young NPL talent in Victoria vying for a youth contract with A-League club Sydney FC as part of the PS4 Player Pathway Camp.


The teenager will have big shoes to fill, given Atilla Ofli’s switch to Hume City after a prolific 32 goals in the NPL2 this year. Coversano himself scored two goals in in 17 appearances for Pascoe Vale this season, though many of those were as a substitute.

The youngster will be a key figure up front as Whittlesea will be looking once more to push for promotion, after a run of poor results late in the season saw it narrowly miss out in a tight race in the West – picking up just one win in its last seven games.


Meanwhile St Albans Saints, who finished first in NPL2 West to gain promotion, have announced the eighth player to recommit as the club returns to the top flight.

Midfielder Daniel Slovacek joined the club from Avondale and quickly became an integral part of Dinamo’s push for promotion and will be looking forward to the challenge next year will bring.

“We’ll be coming up against harder teams,” Slovacek said. “We want to avoid relegation and be a competitive team every week.”

“I think the boys will do well if we can work [together] and push one another.”

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