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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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Morton on Monday

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton at today's media conference.  He is looking to strengthen his squad with extra signings [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said today that he is actively seeking a replacement goalkeeper for the club’s next two matches - the Victory League game against Northern Rangers next Saturday, and the FFA Cup match against Tuggeranong United on Tuesday, 5 August.

The quest for a replacement keeper follows the dismissal of current incumbent Kane Pierce in the final minute of Sunday’s Victory League 0-0 draw with Tilford Zebras.

It is the second time Pierce has been sent off this season and he will miss at least two games through suspension.

Second-choice keeper Mark Moncur came on as a replacement for the remaining minutes of Sunday’s game, but he has heavy work commitments and may not be available for the game against Northern Rangers.

Moncur also lacks height, which, according to Morton, may count against him for the game against Tuggeranong because they have tall players.

South Hobart’s Victory Development League keeper, Nicholas Becker, is too young and inexperienced, according to Morton, and he lacks height.

“We are talking to people in Melbourne and we’ll know later today, early tomorrow, whether we’ve secured a goalkeeper for two games,” said Morton at a media conference at KGV Park today.

“It’ll be somebody of note, yeah, but young. It won’t be an older [player], it’ll be a young [player].

“The steps we have to take are to ensure that they’ve not played in cup matches that link in with the FFA Cup, so we’re making sure we do our homework first and, hopefully, we’ll get them registered in time by Thursday.”

Morton said the club had eight or nine young goalkeepers, but all were too young to play at senior level.

“We’ll be moving outside [the club] for the goalkeeper, especially for the big [FFA Cup] match,” Morton said.

“We have a 16-year-old keeper in Kieran Brown, who is absolutely super, and Nick Becker is probably playing Victory League level now and that’s his level, no more. He’s smaller than Moncur.

“Their [Tuggeranong] centre-forward is 6 foot five. Massive. We’ve got to cover our bases. We want to be in the next round. We want to give ourselves a good chance of winning.”

He said South Hobart also hoped to secure the services of a young goalkeeper who had just returned from England for next season.

He said the club also hoped to finalise the signings of four former players this week.

“There could be some news tomorrow on [other signings],” he said.

Morton did not name them, but the four players are likely to be defender Lucas Hill, striker Chris Hunt, defender Daniel Brown and midfielder Tom Roach.

Hill has been playing in the lower leagues in Switzerland, while Hunt has been in Melbourne for work.

Brown, a former captain of South Hobart, has just returned from Europe.  He left South Hobart a couple of seasons ago to play for Southern Premier League side Beachside.

Roach, a doctor, has been working interstate but has just returned to Hobart.

All four players have been in South Hobart championship-winning sides in the past.

“Where do professional clubs go and look for players?” asked Morton.

“People can say what they like about what we do, but we try to do things professionally, the best way forward possible to improve the game.

“If the youngsters are not in Tasmania, or the players are not in Tasmania, you look outside.

“Why do professional clubs look outside of England for players? Why do Spanish clubs look outside of Spain? It’s no different.

“How many youngsters can you keep on bringing through in your own system?

“If we just consider promoting from within and they’re no better than what we’ve got, how is the standard going to rise?

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+1 #42 GK 2014-07-29 11:12
Sorry mate but "The Real Deal "lost on Sunday , never mind nothing to do with football....
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+3 #41 Anonymous 2014-07-29 09:10
Quoting Anon:
Stop whinging and follow footsteps then maybe the league will improve instead of jealous type writers attempting to belittle those who are aiming to improve the game in Tasmania.


trying to improve South you mean, not improving the game in Tasmania as it's going backwards
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+9 #40 Um 2014-07-29 07:33
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Um:
Quoting Anon:
Ken says he cannot keep bringing youngsters through, well other than his own son, who else plays v league regularly that has come through the ranks.

Ludford, Scott, Lewis,
Brennan, Hall,

Just to name a couple (sorry five)


Matt Lewis was CUFC

Check your facts buddy - was a South junior
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+8 #39 Anonymous 2014-07-29 07:01
Quoting Captain Obvious:
And you sir, ARE the problem with the game in Tasmania.

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Two Bobs Worth:
Stop your whinging and support the team that made it through to represent you all.


sorry Richo, er....I mean, Two Bobs Worth, but South don't represent me as I believe they are as much a part of the problem as the solution when it coming to fixing the Tasmanian game.

If you don't mind, I'll be barracking for Tuggeronong


Your opinion but what I want to see first and foremost is a strong 8 team senior comp where each team is capable of beating each other on their day rather than the monotonous annual outcome of another South title.

I believe South recruitingt tactics in particular are more aligned to having them become a Tas team in a national/Victor ia comp rather than having a strong statewide comp.

Ken thinks he's outgrown the fishbowl.
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+13 #38 Captain Obvious 2014-07-29 06:05
And you sir, ARE the problem with the game in Tasmania.

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Two Bobs Worth:
Stop your whinging and support the team that made it through to represent you all.


sorry Richo, er....I mean, Two Bobs Worth, but South don't represent me as I believe they are as much a part of the problem as the solution when it coming to fixing the Tasmanian game.

If you don't mind, I'll be barracking for Tuggeronong
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+3 #37 Anon 2014-07-29 05:39
Whether you like it or not South Hobart are always pushing for excellence...in results, in performances and in player quality. Stop whinging and follow footsteps then maybe the league will improve instead of jealous type writers attempting to belittle those who are aiming to improve the game in Tasmania.
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-7 #36 anonymous 2014-07-29 04:45
#33 there will be more support for Tugger than the Floggers from South and they only have themselves to blame.
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-8 #35 Anonymous 2014-07-29 04:17
Quoting Two Bobs Worth:
Stop your whinging and support the team that made it through to represent you all.


sorry Richo, er....I mean, Two Bobs Worth, but South don't represent me as I believe they are as much a part of the problem as the solution when it coming to fixing the Tasmanian game.

If you don't mind, I'll be barracking for Tuggeronong
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+16 #34 The Real Deal 2014-07-29 04:16
Quoting anon:
Hunt, roach and brown signed. Soon there will be no locals in souths team. Bar nick.


Locals???? Hunt, Roach and Brown are all hobart boys and former South Hobart players, as local as you can get. Embarrassing comment
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-2 #33 The Real Deal 2014-07-29 04:13
#14 an uneducated comment that one...the big one is captain Hugh Ludford who has come through under age teams and been there for 10+years. The returning Brown is another. South are the best team at developing youth that is the facts
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