Ipswich Knights 2017 season signings Declan Murphy, Tarig Hammond, Adjen Salihovik and Jason Pillay.
Ipswich Knights 2017 season signings Declan Murphy, Tarig Hammond, Adjen Salihovik and Jason Pillay.

Check out Ipswich's key football signings

WITH just weeks until the start of a new football season, the Ipswich Knights have secured some important signings.

Among the exciting prospects for the club's 2017 Brisbane Premier League campaign are newcomers Declan Murphy, Tarig Hammond, Adjen Salihovik and Jason Pillay.

Co-coaches Danny Wilson and Graham Ross have been working with a squad of more than 30 for a month.

The Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday sessions have focused on conditioning and building a solid foundation for their professional new approach.

"We're changing the style of play,'' Wilson said.

"We're instilling the right instincts in our team so we want to have a different structure to how we play.''

Wilson said the new signings added energy, confidence and special attributes to the core of dependable Knights players returning for another year.

Murphy is a goalkeeper with BPL experience playing for Lions.

"He's a good young kid who has been on the radar for a few years in Brisbane Premier League now,'' Wilson said.

"We're giving him an opportunity to try to work hard and knuckle down the number one spot.

"Both Rossie and I can see things in him that we like. He's a good communicator, good shot stopper.

"He's been exposed to the right culture (at Lions) so we've been able to tap into that.''

Hammond is an attacking player who could provide much needed finishing off prowess.

"He's been looking for an opportunity to establish himself,'' Wilson said. "He was first-team player at Lions as well.

"He has got a great attitude. After every single session, he's always asking Rossie and I what extras he needs to be able to do to complement his game.

"He's got extremely fast feet so we're definitely looking at him to be able to step up and knock in those 10 plus goals for us.''

Salihovik was the leading goalscorer for Wynnum Wolves in last year's Capital League 1 competition.

"He's a big physical presence for us,'' Wilson said. "He's an out and out striker.

"His game is not entirely polished yet so we're going to have do a lot of work for him to learn how to link with other players in the right areas.

"He's definitely got that attacking instinct.''

Pillay has played with Western Pride and Lions. He brings attacking or defensive wide qualities.

"His confidence is not quite there at the moment but he has all the necessary skills,'' Wilson said. "His attitude has been fantastic.''

Among seasoned Knights players already signed are Danny's brother Lucas, fine leader Dale Robinson and loyal clubman Matt Flick.

The club is also bolstering its support network with plans to add a recovery room, ice baths and involve Phyioactive in helping the players with higher level treatments next season.

The Knights' first BPL game is against Albany Creek on February 18.

The annual Silver Boot (pre-season) competition is set to start on January 14.

Team taking shape for new season

IPSWICH Knights co-coach Danny Wilson is happy with the progress being made under his new partnership with experienced football mentor Graham Ross.

"We're probably about 70 percent through,'' he said, when asked where the club was preparing for a new Brisbane Premier League season.

"We're sort of looking at another central midfielder and wide defenders.

"We are well and truly advanced this year from where we were last year, which is a big positive.''

He said the focus was on providing the right structure to make the Knights a competitive force in the BPL.

"I'm learning a lot because obviously Rossie has been exposed to some very professional environments,'' Wilson said.

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