Waterpolo: Sliema ASC announce squad changes

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 18:36

Gavin Muscat

Sliema Betsson Group have been very active in the close season. The club has appointed former star player, Bogdan Rath, as Head Coach. The former Romania and Italy International, won the league and cup double as a player with the blues in 2009, and has subsequently had successful coaching stints at San Giljan ASC and Sirens ASC. He replaces Dejan Milakovic who is now at Sirens ASC.

The blues have also secured the signing of Zach Mizzi from Sirens ASC. The strong and talented left handed centre joins on the back of a couple of very positive seasons with the St. Paul’s Bay side, where he flourished under the stewardship of Bogdan Rath and will add more options for the blues in attack. Michael Spiteri Staines is back at the club following a season-long loan at Valletta United where he had a prolific season. The player has extended his contract with Sliema as did Alex Attard. Both players are expected to play important roles within the coach’s plans for the upcoming season. A number of U20 players have also been promoted to the first team squad.

The club has also reached an agreement with Spain National team captain, Guillermo Molina, to be their foreign player throughout the 2017 Summer season. Molina, who currently plays for Italian Champions, Pro Recco, has previous experience in local competitions, having won the Double with San Giljan in 2015.

In the meantime, out-of-contract Timmy Sullivan has rejoined his former club Exiles SC, while John Brownrigg has moved to Sirens. Sullivan was instrumental in the club’s last Knock-Out and Winter League victories. Brownrigg had joined the blues in 2008, winning two League Titles, 4 Knock-Outs and 5 Winter League titles in the process. In a club statement, the club thanked both players for their dedication and commitment throughout the years, as well as former coach, Milakovic, wishing them luck in their new endeavours.

Sliema ASC have also carried on with its investment in the youth teams with the appointment of reputable coach Dejan Simeonov within the club’s Academy, while also extending Coach Marko Jankovic’s contract. Meanwhile, youth player, Jamie Gambin is undergoing an intensive training camp at OSC Budapest in Hungary throughout the Winter, where he is also playing for the club’s U19 side.

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