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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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Hunt and Morton

Photo:  Chris Hunt (left) and Ken Morton at today's media conference [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s signing of Chris Hunt, Daniel Brown and Tom Roach was confirmed today by coach Ken Morton at a media conference at KGV Park.

All three players are former South Hobart players and may see action in the closing stages of the Victory League campaign and in the FFA Cup.

Ken Morton 29 July 2014

Photo:  South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Morton also revealed that there is a strong chance that French midfielder Loic Ferral may return next season.

He also said that goalkeeper Mark Moncur is now available for the Victory League game against Northern Rangers on Saturday 1t 4pm at KGV Park, and also for the FFA Cup match against Tuggeranong United at KGV park at 7.30pm next Tuesday.

But, South Hobart were still intent on signing another goalkeeper from interstate as back-up.

Morton also said that the club had lawyers and a former judge looking at the fine print of the rules in relation to the sending off of goalkeeper Kane Pierce against Tilford Zebras last Sunday with a view to appealing the two-match suspension which would rule Pierce out of the Northern Rangers and Tuggeranong United matches.

He later telephoned me to say that Football Federation Australia had confirmed Pierce’s two-match ban and that legal avenues of appeal would be discontinued.

Striker Chris Hunt, who was one of South Hobart’s and the Victory League’s finest performers last season - he received the club’s highest honour in 2013 as well as being named in the Victory League Team-of-the-Year and represented Tasmania against Melbourne Victory - was also at today’s media conference.

The left-footer had left the Tasmania to study in Melbourne, but a change in courses has led to his return to Tasmania and to South Hobart.

Hunt Chris 29 July 2014

Photo:  Chris Hunt is in his second stint with South Hobart [PlessPix]

“I guess it is just good timing on my part,” Hunt said. “My situation changed, which meant I could return home to Tasmania and also back to the club and it just happened to be now, but if called upon I’ll look to play my role and hopefully make an impact.”

Hunt does not expect to play against the ACT’s Tuggeranong United in the Westfield FFA Cup, but is excited to be back at the club with which he won the 2013 Victory League championship.

“I am not sure what the boss has in mind for me, but I am just happy to be a part of the club again, be back with the boys and to be involved in the excitement of a national competition.

“It should be a great experience, regardless of whether I get minutes or not.”

Former South Hobart stars Dan Brown and Tom Roach will also return to the club after a few years away.

Daniel Brown has been coaching South Hobart’s Under-16 team and playing for Beachside in the Southern Premier League but is far from match fit, while former Vic Tuting Medal winner, Tom Roach, is expected to make his way through the Victory Development League in the coming weeks.

The three signings follow the recent signings of Mitsubishi Motors Best and Fairest Medalist Jayden Hey and Scottish defender Scott Lamont as Morton continues to search for quality to add to his table-topping squad.

Morton is confident his latest inclusions will deliver yet another boost to the squad.

“Roachy and Dan have been good servants for this club for a long time and it is great to have them back,” Morton said. They add experience to our young team and deliver another dimension to our playing stocks.

“Dan is a little way off due to his knee injury, but we expect Roachy to be in the mix in the coming weeks.”

Morton is particularly excited about the return of 2013 club champion, Chris Hunt.

“Rexy [Hunt] was just about the best player in the Victory League last season, so when we heard whispers he was going to be back in town, we moved quickly to secure him,” Morton said.

“That sort of quality is in short supply. He is a skilful winger that works all day, runs at players and keeps defenders on their toes. We are really excited to have Chris back at South Hobart and it comes at a great time for us with a busy schedule ahead of the club.”

Hunt will train with the squad this week and will be up for selection this weekend, when South Hobart face his former club Northern Rangers on Saturday at 4pm at KGV Football Park.

South Hobart’s Westfield FFA Cup clash against Tuggeranong United takes place in a week’s time at KGV Football Park - at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 5 August.

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+2 #46 Anonymous 2014-07-30 12:38
Quoting TasFootball:
All this talk of Hey's career being destroyed by his half season move to SH, and not starting one or two games, is silly. SH have a large talented squad. The Magnificent Seven players are - Pierce, Ludford, Ludlow, Lewis, Morton, Brennan, Mann and they form the spine of the team, and will play every week if fit and on form. That leaves just 4 spots for a remaining squad of 10 to 12 players. With competition from Undy as SH's flexible utility player, Hey and others have to nail down just 3 available starting positions. This is what top level football is about and why Hey wanted the challenge.


that's why he wants to bail NOW + the attitude of half the VL squad
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-6 #45 Spectator 2014-07-30 08:05
#the modern game.

We simply do not have the numbers of quality players to build huge squads in this state. The quality players need to be spread around. That is the only way we can progress the current league. Saturdays game was a great game. Too many quality players from both those clubs were either on the bench or in reserves. Meanwhile.... Knights and Kingborough struggle. I know there are other issues at those clubs, but they need more top flight players.
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+11 #44 The modern game 2014-07-30 04:41
It's all about having big squads now players have to push each other to make the starting eleven clubs have to keep pushing boundaries tassie fans on here are so behind the times
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+1 #43 TasFootball 2014-07-30 03:52
All this talk of Hey's career being destroyed by his half season move to SH, and not starting one or two games, is silly. SH have a large talented squad. The Magnificent Seven players are - Pierce, Ludford, Ludlow, Lewis, Morton, Brennan, Mann and they form the spine of the team, and will play every week if fit and on form. That leaves just 4 spots for a remaining squad of 10 to 12 players. With competition from Undy as SH's flexible utility player, Hey and others have to nail down just 3 available starting positions. This is what top level football is about and why Hey wanted the challenge.
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+12 #42 Anonymous 2014-07-30 01:12
Quoting Anonymous:
shift the structures as much as you like, but until they start getting 500 people to every game, they're losing cash.


do you really think they need 500 at $8 a head to break even?
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+7 #41 Anonymous 2014-07-30 00:56
Morton doesn't always improve a player.

Hey and the Stevens boys are good examples of players who have struggled with the South way.
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+15 #40 Anonymous 2014-07-30 00:54
Is anyone really feeling sorry for Jayden? He knew (or should have known)what the risks were.
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+3 #39 Anonymous 2014-07-30 00:52
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
I'm sick of people calling for the demise of the Victory League - I'd prefer to focus on fixing its structural faults one of which is the restriction on transfers between clubs outside of a fixed transfer window.

Does anyone believe that Jayden Hey, Darcy Hall and a few others at South wouldn't consider a late season move to another club if it was available?


Were the V-League a sustainable financial entity, I would agree. The fact is, it's not. Who's making money? South, Zebras and Warriors. Everyone else is losing it hand over fist, including clubs not even in the V-league.

You can shift the structures as much as you like, but until they start getting 500 people to every game, they're losing cash.


my point is if teams are more evenly matched by allowing transfers throughout the season then the games will be of a higher standard and should drag more punters in.
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+7 #38 The Real Deal 2014-07-30 00:03
Jeez Louise there are more whingers here than the Barmy Army post 5-0 whitewash last year. Those go to South Hobart because Ken is a quality coach, its the players choice where they go, if someone isnt going to get a game then they can go elsewhere. I'm not sure why South continually cops criticism for having a strong squad. To my knowledge South do not have the funds that Olympia and Zebras do to pay players but what they do have is a coach who has done a fair bit in the game, lets be honest. Now you could say we in Tasmania all suffer considerdably from Tally Poppy Syndrome, the majority dont want South to record their 7th straight title, but they will. Ken must be applauded for keeping a strong squad all happy enough to hang around, Being a former South Hobart player from 15 years ago the club is a far more proffessional entity under Ken than it was,back then we were a family club and battlers, are the two mutually exclusive? Teams like Kingo and knights need to imrpove their games
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+5 #37 Anonymous 2014-07-29 23:56
Quoting Anonymous:
I'm sick of people calling for the demise of the Victory League - I'd prefer to focus on fixing its structural faults one of which is the restriction on transfers between clubs outside of a fixed transfer window.

Does anyone believe that Jayden Hey, Darcy Hall and a few others at South wouldn't consider a late season move to another club if it was available?


Were the V-League a sustainable financial entity, I would agree. The fact is, it's not. Who's making money? South, Zebras and Warriors. Everyone else is losing it hand over fist, including clubs not even in the V-league.

You can shift the structures as much as you like, but until they start getting 500 people to every game, they're losing cash.
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