Midfielder Scott Gannon, who played for Southern United in New Zealand’s ASB Premiership during the 2012/13 season, is expected to arrive today joining Vanuatu’s Brian Kaltak from Erakor Golden Stars FC in Vanuatu.
Gannon’s inclusion is expected to shore up Hekari’s midfield and take the pressure off captain David Muta and central defender Peter Bolaitoga. The 25-year-old Australian is well travelled having had stints at Ba (Fiji), Amicale (Vanuatu) and Otago United (New Zealand).
Kaltak who arrived yesterday from Port Vila is the older of Jean Kaltack whom Hekari acquired in February.
Gannon and Kaltak are proven performers at that level but the former Australia youth international Gannon is likely to spark the most excitement among Hekari fans as his resume is extensive and at a young relatively age has his best football ahead of him making his acquisition by the Reds a shrewd move.
Hekari coach Jerry Allen was delighted with the quality coming in and believed Gannon and Kaltak – who have signed on specifically for the Champions League campaign – will add more potency to Hekari’s game.
Allen said at training yesterday at the PNGIPA Oval, that the inclusion of the two would add experience and depth to the side. Gannon did not arrive due to delays with his visa processing and was still in Brisbane, Australia, while Brian arrived yesterday.
Allen said Kaltak was a much sought-after player who has played in New Zealand and also for the Solomon Warriors in the last Champions League challenge. Hekari have moved into their last week of training and fly to Fiji on Friday before their opening match on April 7 against AC Magenta of New Caledonia.
Allen appealed to soccer fans to get behind Hekari as the club aimed to emulate their 2010 effort when they won the Champions League, then named the O-League, and qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup.