Who Is Walter Pless?

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:  Jordy van de Corput in action at KGV Park last weekend [PlessPix]

Launceston City will sign Dutch goalkeeper Jordy van de Corput for the 2014 Victory League season in the New Year.

The 24-year-old former Feyenoord and FC Utrecht player is City’s first new signing announced for the coming season and follows his appearance for the club in last Saturday’s game against the visiting Total Futbol International squad from New South Wales.

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Photo:  Jordy van de Corput at today's media conference [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

City lost that game 4-1 at KGV Park.

The game was part of a one-week trial with City for Van de Corput, during which he impressed City coach Kurt Reynolds.

“Jordy [Van der Corput] has a strong presence on the park, excellent technique and is very professional in his approach and attitude,” Reynolds said.

“We are delighted to have secured his services and the club is excited about the value and quality that he brings to the squad.”

Van de Corput has been impressed with the club’s professionalism and is looking forward to playing in goal for Launceston City next year.

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Photo:  Jordy van de Corput (left) and Launceston City coach Kurt Reynolds at the media conference at Mitsubishi Park today [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

“It is great to be here in Tasmania and I feel very welcome,” Van de Corput said at a media conference in Launceston today.

“The club has been fantastic in hosting me and I am enjoying the football.

“Importantly, I understand and like the philosophy of the coach and the management team at Launceston City FC.

“It is quite similar to how I have learned the game in the Netherlands.”

Reynolds said the Dutchman was a ‘boom’ recruit for the club, the first of what he hoped to be many signings as the northern club looks to climb the table in 2014.

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Photo:  Jordy van de Corput in goal for Launceston City last weekend [PlessPix]

“Jordy will help solidify our defensive unit and our young list will be able to gain valuable game knowledge that will hold them in good stead to improve as footballers,” Reynolds said.

“2013 was a disappointing season for the club and we don’t shy away from that, but it is clear to see that, as a club, we are working proactively to change our on-field fortunes.”

The international signing will take up one of Launceston City’s two visa spots on their Victory League squad when he formally pens his commitment to Launceston City at the commencement of the new registration period on 1 January, 2014.

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Photo:  Kurt Reynolds (right), coach of Victory League club Launceston City, shakes on the signing deal with Dutch goalkeeper Jordy van de Corput at a media conference at City's Mitsubishi Park headquarters today [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

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0 #51 Do & Mel 2014-01-05 20:56
Heee grote broer (Jordy),

We missen je !! Kom gauw weer terug !!

Dikke kus
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+1 #50 Anonymous 2013-12-02 09:58
#57 That is the stupidest thing I have ever read and doesn't make sense.
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+5 #49 Anonymous 2013-12-02 08:58
Quoting Anonymous:
I believe this is a great addition for Launceston and the V-League but I also believe that;

Visa spots are better off being given to out field players, giving a visa spot to a keeper rules out all other keepers from the club in having a chance of breaking into the V-League team. At least with outfield visas other players still have a chance too break in!


Two words that debunk your entire theory. Juan Cale.
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+3 #48 Anonymous 2013-12-02 06:31
Hi Walter,

Zebras training starts tonight. You should get along and see the new signings.
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-7 #47 Anonymous 2013-12-02 05:03
I believe this is a great addition for Launceston and the V-League but I also believe that;

Visa spots are better off being given to out field players, giving a visa spot to a keeper rules out all other keepers from the club in having a chance of breaking into the V-League team. At least with outfield visas other players still have a chance too break in!
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+3 #46 Clive Palmer 2013-12-02 04:08
Yeah do away with this anon bs, put your real name up guyzzz.
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-1 #45 Anonymous 2013-12-02 01:58
Quoting Anonymous:
Correct #39 and they also go there for big fat dirty pay checks, as you say just like a promotion


Wrong.

People go to less successful clubs for money - why else would you go there?!

People go to successful clubs for prestige, chance to win things, play with better players, coaching etc.

Good clubs can offer things other than money.
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-1 #44 Anonymous 2013-12-01 21:54
Quoting jerrykruijver:
I hope walter has a new year resolution that does away with anonymus


If that happens then the blog will die as no one wants to read a bunch of positive happy and dull comments... as that is all the people with 'names' post on here.
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-1 #43 Anonymous 2013-12-01 13:01
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''players are simply happy to play for their local team with friends''

Its a state league!! the aspects you talk about go out of the window, the higher the standard goes and more professional it gets.
Would love to see the sports you talk about at state level, where it is just mates playing together haha
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+1 #42 Anonymous 2013-12-01 12:55
Quoting Anonymous:
Correct #39 and they also go there for big fat dirty pay checks, as you say just like a promotion


People like money!? really!!?why on earth genius
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