NPL: Leo Bertos returns for new-look Hamilton Olympic in 2018

Leo Bertos in action for Hamilton in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Leo Bertos in action for Hamilton in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

HAMILTON have regained former New Zealand international Leo Bertos in a boost to their new-look squad ahead of Sunday evening’s round-one NPL clash with Charlestown at Darling Street Oval.

Bertos, 36, quit midway through last season because of mounting commitments as Macquarie Football technical director, but he has been lured back by new Hamilton coach Peter McGuinness for 2018.

Now a Northern NSW Football technical advisor and coach, Bertos has agreed to return after featuring in recent trial games.

Bertos and recruits such as Stuart Musialik, Simon Mooney, Jacob Bailey and Scott Pettit will provide experience to Olympic, who have lost several regular first-graders and many fringe players from the squad who finished second last year.

“He signed the other night, but he’s been training with us for about four weeks,” McGuinness said of Bertos. “He’s getting there three nights a week. He’s played the last couple of trials and he’s done all right. He will miss games because of his job, but he adds a bit of depth and experience and he can do a job in a number of positions, so that will be good.”

  • Look out for the NNSW NPL season preview in Wednesday’s Herald.