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Seule Soromon returning to YoungHeart

He is expected to be on new coach Stu Jacobs’ playing roster when YoungHeart open their national league season at home against Canterbury United at Memorial Park on October 23.
After the worst season in history last year with a miserable return of just four points, the 2009-10 golden boot winner with YoungHeart Manawatu is a welcome addition to new coach Stu Jacobs’ lineup.
He ended that season as the league’s top goalscorer with 11 goals from only 12 matches.
Soromon, 27, will be joined at Manawatu by fellow Chatham Cup-winning team-mates Matt Borren, Nobuyoshi Ishi, Nathan Cooksley, Pablo Moya and Pita Rabo.
Soromon stayed working as a farm labourer in Wairarapa last season when YoungHeart Manawatu were unable to bring him over the Tararua Ranges, a combination of supplying petrol money and apparently awkward transfer negotiations with his winter league team, Wairarapa United, thwarting YoungHeart’s hopes.
Of the Chatham Cup group, Rabo is the only newcomer to this level, with talented goalkeeper Borren playing all of the games last season, Cooksley racking up more than 72 appearances during his career in Palmerston North, and Ishi and Moya also contributors last season.
Also returning to ASB Premiership action is Cory Chettleburgh, who had a stint in the Netherlands with the Sparta Rotterdam reserve side and more recently trialled with the Wellington Phoenix. He will link up with younger brother Josh, who is back for another season.
Giant goalkeeper Rhyss Keane is another player who had A-League in his sights this season. The Australian-born former Junior All White has spent all his life in Australia and caught the eyes of both Melbourne clubs in the pre-season, but was unsuccessful in securing a contract. Adding some northern hemisphere steel is former Palmerston North Marist player Allan Keddie who has latterly been with Lower Hutt City. The 23-year-old Scotsman came to New Zealand for work, but wanted to play at the highest level. Jamie O’Connor makes the move up the road from Team Wellington, and there are also spots for the returning midfielder Jimmy Haidakis after a season away at Wellington Olympic, Stuart Lawrie, and veteran Barry Lewis, who all ply their trade in the capital.
Former captain Adam Cowan’s move to Hawke’s Bay United means his experience will be difficult to replace, having amassed 121 appearances at national league level. Added to the playing losses are the evergreen Jason Hayne and Michael White; the pair contributed 10 goals between them last season.
Hayne left Manawatu in February to rejoin the Green Gully Soccer Club in west Melbourne while former New Zealand Knights player White has been playing for Miramar Rangers in Wellington.
YoungHeart Manawatu squad for the national league:
Goalkeepers: Matt Borren; Rhyss Keane
Defenders: Nathan Cooksley; Stuart Lawrie; Barry Lewis; Jamie O’Connor; Jono Steele
Midfielders: Cory Chettleburgh; Josh Chettleburgh; Rhys Gayler (A); Nobuyoshi Ishi; Allan Keddie; Matt Kennedy; Pablo Moya; Wade Randle (A);
Forwards: Izaia Burston (A); Michael Fraser (A); Jimmy Haidakis; Jordan Martens (A); Pita Rabo; Seule Soromon
(A) – Academy player

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