Boost for Savoys as NPL stars sign for sec­ond half of year

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

MYRTLE­FORD has added to its al­ready tal­ented list with highly rated young­sters Con­nor Caponec­chia and Daniel Kioses join­ing the Savoys.

Caponec­chia is re­turn­ing to his home club af­ter three and a half years play­ing with Mur­ray United.

The 18-year-old had started five con­sec­u­tive games for the Mur­ray first team but was a sub­sti­tute in a 3-2 loss to Brunswick City due to the mid-sea­son ar­rivals of for­wards Angel Tar­avillo and for­mer Soc­ceroo Archie Thomp­son.

Caponec­chia suited up 54 times for the first team dur­ing his time at the club and was widely seen as one of their most tal­ented teenagers.

United’s loss will be the Savoys’ gain with the play­maker likely to slot nicely into an at­tack­ing mid­field role.

Kioses will also put his hand up to be a part of a sud­denly new-look front with the young­ster a for­mer reg­u­lar mem­ber of the St Al­bans Un­der 20 NPL team.

Caponec­chia and Kioses have played to­gether be­fore with the pair un­der­age team­mates at Mur­ray Unit- ed be­fore the lat­ter re­lo­cated to Mel­bourne for stints at the Bulleen Lions and St Al­bans.

Caponec­chia said that Kioses would add qual­ity to the Savoy front half.

“He’s a re­ally de­cent player, they have a re­ally good 20s side there (St Al­bans) that he played in every week and he had been train­ing with the se­nior squad as well,” he said.

“I’ve seen him play a lot on the wing but I think St Al­ban’s used him a bit more in mid­field, I think he’s a lot like me where he can play a few spots in the for­ward half.”

Al­though Caponec­chia has al­ready played some se­nior foot­ball at his home club he’s look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing a more mean­ing­ful part of the team.

“I was only young (15) and com­ing off the bench and stuff like that,” he said of his prior ex­pe­ri­ence with the se­nior team.

“I know the boys are re­ally keen to do the dou­ble again so hope­fully Daniel and I com­ing in can help us do that.”

The Savoys re­turn to the pitch next week­end when they host Wodonga Di­a­monds.

PHOTO: Tate Spiteri

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