FORMER Hamilton centre-back Marcus Duncan hopes to get another chance in the strong Victorian NPL but has found new home at Maitland in the interim.
Duncan spent more than a week training with South Melbourne two months ago and played in their trial against Melbourne Victory but is yet to learn if he will secure a contract there for next season. In the meantime, Duncan has followed coach Michael Bolch from Hamilton to Maitland.
The 20-year-old played in the Victorian NPL with Northcote City in 2016 after stints with Hamilton and the Jets and Mariners Youth and he was keen to return.
“It was a really good experience to be involved with such a big club,” Duncan said of the South Melbourne trial.
”There’s a strong possibility I could end up back there but I was comfortable to follow Bolchy up to Maitland.
“I’ve worked with him for a few years and we have a good relationship, so when he offered to help me while the Melbourne situation was still on the table, it was hard to turn down.
“I had a training session up at Maitland last Thursday and everything looks quite positive at the club, and their plans are promising, so if I’m not in Melbourne, it’s a club I want to be a part of.”
Bolch said Duncan would be released if a Melbourne deal is done. If he stays, Duncan will help replace Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, who retired and is coaching Adamstown, and Blake Thompson, who is travelling overseas for part of next year.
Duncan would join Mat and Andrew Swan (Hamilton), Alex Read (Adamstown), James Thompson and Zach Thomas (Weston) from Weston as Maitland additions. Ryan Broadley, Sam Rossi and Jordan Elphick are losses.