A summer overhaul is begging to take shape ahead of the new National Premier League season for the Goulburn Valley Suns.
On Monday the regional club announced visa-signing Billy Marshall would be joining the club, before confirming his former Cobram Roar playing coach and fellow Englishmen Adam Gatcum would be joining the club.
Gatcum, 27, spent time in the prestigious Southampton academy in England alongside the likes of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale.
However, his spell at Southampton came to a halt when the defender joined Woking and Eastleigh before spending the past eight seasons in Australia.
New Suns playing coach, Craig Carley, was a former team-mate of Gatcum and is looking forward to reuniting with his fellow native.
‘‘It is great to have him on board, I’ve worked with him before, I know what he can offer and we are expecting some big things from him,’’ Carley said.
‘‘He comes with a fair pedigree after being brought up through the Southampton academy which only bodes well for him; we know he has the talent and now we have just got to put the work in and I am more than confident he will be a great signing.’’
Gatcum is Carley’s second signing from Cobram and despite the step up in standard between the Albury-Wodonga Football Association and the NPL, the playing coach is more than confident his two recruits will adapt.
‘‘I’ve got no worries about them playing in the NPL whatsoever, people may have their opinions, but I know what these guys can do and there’s no doubt they will be key players not only for the Suns but also in the league,’’ Carley said.
‘‘It is an exciting time at the minute, the club is on the right track with great facilities, so now hopefully we can continue to build the club on the pitch.’’
Gatcum played alongside Carley when the duo was a part of Victory’s memorable Mirabella Regional Cup run in 2011 and as a sturdy defender, the latter hopes he can shore up the Suns’ leaky defence.
‘‘He is naturally a right back, but he can play anywhere across the back four and that is something we are looking for,’’ Carley said.
‘‘He is a tidy defender, he gets the job done and can play the ball too, he definitely adds to strengthening our defence next season.’’