» Double Defensive Signing for WaiBOP

WaiBOP United is pleased to announce the double signing of defender, Fergus Neil, and goalkeeper, James McPeake, ahead of the 2014/15 ASB Premiership season.

Queenstown-born Neil is a fullback with an excellent ASB Premiership pedigree at Hawke’s Bay United, where he has made nearly 50 appearances. Neil’s experience in helping Hawke’s Bay United to the play-offs last season will be invaluable for WaiBOP United. Neil played against WaiBOP United last season in the epic Bluewater Stadium clash won 3-2 by the hosts (pictured above battling WaiBOP’s Mark Jones).

Goalkeeper McPeake heads north from his Wellington base to take over WaiBOP United’s number 1 shirt from Andy McNeil. McPeake was part of Team Wellington’s 2013/14 ASB Premiership squad, although last season’s highlight was his short-term loan to the Wellington Phoenix, where he was called in as cover for the A-League club’s October 13 home match against Brisbane Roar. He was also part of Waitakere United’s 2014 Oceania Champions League squad.

Peter Smith, WaiBOP United Head Coach, is pleased to have both Neil and McPeake on board. “Successful sides are built around strong defences and that’s what I’m trying to build here at WaiBOP United,” explains Smith. “Both Fergus and James will bring quality and strength to our defensive structure and, even though they’re both still fairly young, they will be strong characters and influential within this season’s squad. I’m looking forward to working with them during the season ahead.”

Announcements on further player signings will follow soon.

For more information please contact:
Peter Smith, WaiBOP United Head Coach

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