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:  Gukhyeon Kim is Launceston City's first South Korean signing [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Victory League club Launceston City FC have signed South Korean footballer Gukhyeon Kim for the 2014 Victory League season.

Kim last played for high-profile South Korean club, Goyang FC, in the nation’s second-highest level of competition.


Photo:  Launceston City coach Kurt Reynolds rates the South Korean very highly [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Kim arrived in Tasmania last week and Launceston City head coach, Kurt Reynolds, has already been impressed by the player.

“It is a pleasure to have such a quality player with us at Launceston City,” Reynolds said.

“He is a professional, a gentleman and, most importantly, a very talented footballer.”

Kim is a right-footed striker who plays on the left side and he is a player Reynolds is hoping will add some firepower to his young squad.

“We like what he brings to our squad and we know from his standard of training and overall professionalism we are gaining a quality player,” said Reynolds.

The announcement of the import signing follows the recent signing of former Feyenoord Rotterdam and FC Utrecht goalkeeper, Jordy van de Corput, who commited to City in November.

The South Korean signing is looking forward to his time at Mitsubishi Park.

“I am happy to be here in Launceston and Launceston City have been very supportive since my arrival,” Kim said.

“The club is very professional and I look forward to being part of the future success.”

The signing further confirms Launceston City’s commitment to build on its playing stocks and ability to compete in the 2014 Victory League season.

Last weekend, Launceston City lost 8-0 to South Hobart in a friendly at KGV Park.

By all accounts, it could have been double that without the superb performance by City keeper Jordy van de Corput.


+1 #9 Anonymous 2013-12-27 03:49
Quoting Anonymous:
A Korean is for life not just for Christmas.

Most of them train with every club and just claim they haven't decided who they are playing for yet..
+12 #8 Anonymous 2013-12-26 10:10
A Korean is for life not just for Christmas.
-2 #7 Anonymous 2013-12-26 04:07
What is it with Tasmania's obsession with Korean players?

Everyone wants one..
+5 #6 Anonymous 2013-12-24 21:30
they had a south Korean playing in many of their preseason games already, yangjin, who played league 1 for rangers last yr.
+4 #5 Walter Pless 2013-12-24 11:10
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your family, David. Great to hear from you! Cheers!
+7 #4 Anonymous 2013-12-24 08:51
Hi Walter

Merry Christmas , thanks for all the updates , previews - reviews of everything Tasmanian Football ! Us mainlanders love to keep in the loop , hope to catch up in 2014 Dave Smith
0 #3 Anonymous 2013-12-24 08:51
Out V league....... City is back!!!
+24 #2 Anonymous 2013-12-24 00:49
He will be more points than City had last season.....
+7 #1 Anonymous 2013-12-23 10:58
how many points is he then walter?

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