Melbourne Heart FC has completed its squad for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season with the elevation of goalkeeper Peter Zois to the Club’s playing roster.
Melbourne Heart FC has completed its squad for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season with the elevation of goalkeeper Peter Zois to the Club-s playing roster.
The 32-year-old has signed a one-year deal to join Heart in a playing capacity, although he will also retain his role on the Club-s coaching panel.
A former Young Socceroo, Zois spent over a decade of his career in Europe, including a nine-year stint in the Dutch Eredivisie with Willem II and NAC Breda.
Currently with Victorian powerhouse South Melbourne, Zois has established himself as one of the leading ‘keepers in Victoria, earning selection to a representative eleven to take on Melbourne Victory last year.
Head Coach John van ‘t Schip said Zois would provide the Club with elite level support in the reserve goalkeeping role.
“We need someone for the now, and Peter will provide us with that assurance, but we will continue the search for the best and brightest young goalkeeper as a long term back up to Clint Bolton,” he said.
“Peter has been with the Club since day one as our goalkeeper coach, and throughout this time, he has shown himself to be a model professional.
“We looked at a number of goalkeepers throughout the pre-season. Our policy since last October, when we could start contracting players, has been not to sign players unless they are of an elite quality. Peter has shown without doubt he belongs in that category, as a person and a footballer.”