Avondale secure massive double coup

by Staff Writers 0

Avondale FC have confirmed the massive double swoop of former A-League duo Jonatan Germano and Spase Dilevski for the 2016 NPL Victoria season.

The versatile Argentinian – capable of playing right-back, right wing or defensive midfield – endured an injury-affected four-year stint with Melbourne City after signing on for the 2011-12 season under John van ‘t Schip.

The 27-year-old rose through the ranks of Argentine club Estudiantes, before making the move Down Under, where he totalled 56 appearances and scoring seven goals.

His output in 2015 was restricted to a handful of National Youth League games and 11 senior appearance many of which were off the bench for City.

Germano joins former Melbourne City midfielder Massimo Murdocca at the club and will provide plenty of graft for Avondale, adding valuable experience as they look towards finals football in 2016.

Dilevski links up with the big-hitting club having come through the VIS system under Ernie Merrick.

He made a move to Europe early on in his career, moving to Dutch powerhouses PSV in 2001 as a sprightly 16-year-old.

Despite training with the first team, he never went on to make a senior appearance, spending a season on loan with Bundesliga 2 side Rot-Weiss Essen in 2003-04.

He then spent time at Tottenham Hotspur without making a senior appearance before a short stint in the A-League with Brisbane Roar.

He secured a move back to Europe, moving to Romania in in 2007 with Universitatea Craiova with fellow Australians Josh Mitchell and Michael Baird where he made 80 league appearances between 2007-2011.

A short-lived move to Adelaide United followed, before a relatively unsuccessful stint with the Melbourne Victory for the 2012-13 season.

He returns to Australia with Avondale after a season in Malaysia with Malaysian Armed Forces FA team in the Malaysian top-flight.

Dilevski is most adept at playing as a defensive minded midfielder, but is also capable of playing as a right-back.

The signings take Avondale’s tally of new faces to four for the upcoming season, with Melbourne City youngster Baki Efe and Heidelberg United defender Jamie Cumming all coming on board for 2016.

They’ve also seen Jonathan Munoz, Burakhan Koca and Chris Maynard all depart the club, while high-profile pair Mass Murdocca and Francesco Stella have both signed on for next year, as has apparel company Macron, who’ll kit out the club for the next three seasons.

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