Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Marquee signing Jason Culina will not be flying for the Newcastle Jets this season [PlessPix]

This is an unedited media release from Tara White:

Star Newcastle Jets marquee signing Jason Culina has today confirmed he requires season-ending osteotomy surgery.

Jason underwent major knee surgery during the off-season and was on the verge of a much-anticipated return several weeks ago when he identified pain in his knee. His original cartilage procedure was a success but due to the alignment in his knee he now requires a further operation.

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby confirmed the new operation is a completely new procedure and he was disappointed for the Socceroo midfielder, his teammates, Club Members and all to the Club's sponsors and corporate partners.

"We will not be adding to our squad in the short term but be relying on our strategy of developing and promoting home grown products to give them a chance to shine in the Hyundai A-League," Middleby said.

"This policy has already been showing dividends with development of exciting new players like James Virgilli, Jacob Pepper and Taylor Regan who are undefeated after 10 trial games.”

Culina will undergo surgery next week and remains optimistic of the season ahead for the Jets.

"In consultation with the club, I have made this decision to have the operation as soon as possible to ensure I will be fit and ready for the 2012/13 season,” Culina said.

"Whilst I feel frustrated to sit out the season I have nothing but confidence in how the team are playing and the young talent coming through will ensure the Jets have a great season.

"I am really loving my time in Newcastle and thank all those that have sent me best wishes to get back on the paddock and to my teammates who will do Newcastle proud this year."