Photo:  Glen McNeill has been very successful since taking over as coach of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors defender Harry Taylor will undergo a complete knee reconstruction.

The English import slipped in the closing stages of Olympia’s 3-2 win over Tilford Zebras on Friday, 7 July, and badly twisted the knee.


Photo:  Olympia's Harry Taylor (left) tackling Glenorchy Knights' Tom Huigsloot [PlessPix]

He was stretchered off and taken to hospital after the match.

Taylor said on the weekend that he would see a surgeon this week and decide on the timing of the operation.

He hoped that he would have recovered in time for the commencement of the next season.

Meanwhile, coach Glen McNeill is delighted with the progress Olympia have made in his period in charge.

McNeill took over from Franco Previdi in May and Olympia won in his first game in charge, downing New Town Eagles 1-0 at Warrior Park.

In McNeill’s tenure, Olympia have won four games, drawn two and lost two, picking up 14 points from a possible 24.

“We reinforce every week that we’re a team that, when we get the ball on the ground and try to play to feet, roll it into feet, that we’re a really good footballing side, and we keep pushing that,” said McNeill after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with New Town Eagles at Clare Street.

“Sometimes it gets away from us and we’re under pressure, but, generally, the boys have really re-invented themselves the last six weeks.”


Photo:  Glen McNeill issues instructions to his team [PlessPix]

McNeill said Sunday’s result in very wet and muddy conditions showed that his side could play football away from Warrior Park’s artificial surface.

“It’s a good test for us,” he said.  “But the boys are very upbeat about the result today and disappointed that we didn’t just get a result.

“It’s four points off them [Eagles] in the last two games and so, the second-placed team playing us at third-last, we’re happy with that result.”

McNeill said his side were looking forward to entertaining fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United at home at Warrior park next Friday.

“I’m optimistic every week,” McNeill said.

“I’ve got the utmost confidence in my boys and I think they have a great skill set, a big heart and, really, each week that they come out, anything can happen.”