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Waikato FC Under 19 Youth Academy

Waikato FC is requesting nominations from coaches for players suitable for the academy squad. The academy side will train from October through to December when the squad will be trimmed to the final team to play as the Waikato FC academy team.

The academy team will play curtain raisers for the final seven games of the NZFC franchise competition and will travel with the first team.

If you know any players that are eligible and suitable please forward names, adressess and contact phone numbers to or post details to Waikato FC P.O. Box 1230 Hamilton.

Dave Edmondson Head Coach Waikato FC

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Waikato FC announce key signings

Waikato FC confirms the signing of two key players for the upcoming NZFC season:

Solomon Islands International Stanley Waita (pictured below while playing for Ngaruawahia Utd against Cambridge AFC) has been signed by the club. Currently playing for Ngaruawahia in the Northern League competition Waita has done enough to attract the attention of Waikato FC coaching staff. With some 30 internationals and 10 international goals under his belt Waita has been signed to provide extra attacking flair and options to the squad. Waikato FC Development Manager Joe Sprangers said. “It made sense for the club to sign a player of Stanley’s quality. With his wife attending Waikato University we could have him for at least two years which was also attractive to the club.”

Waikato FC have today also signed exciting Gisborne City goal keeper Dan Robinson. Robinson played as a schoolboy at Derby County FC from the age of 11 till 16, and made several appearances for the youth team u17's and 18's. He signed for Blackpool FC in the 2nd Division, as a professional at 17, and played for 2 years at Youth team and Reserve level. After 2 years with Blackpool he signed for Burton Albion FC under the management of Nigel Clough (son of the late Brian Clough and an ex Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and England International).

Robinson played for 4 seasons with Burton gaining promotion to The Nationwide Conference League and made a number of cup and league appearances. During his 3rd season with Burton he came on loan to Gisborne City through Kevin Fallon for 3 months. Robinson said, “I enjoyed my time in New Zealand so much that when I got an offer to come back and work full time for Gisborne City as the Academy director and goalkeeper. I jumped at the opportunity.”

This season at Gisborne City he has kept 9 cleansheets out of 18 matches and only conceded 11 goals. Robinson’s long term ambitions are to settle permanently in New Zealand and aim for a spot in the All Whites. Waikato FC Board Chair Keith Ward said, “we are obviously delighted that we have a player of Dan’s pedigree on board at the franchise. Goalkeepers are a specialist position and acquiring a very good one is essential for us to get into the top 3 playoffs. We feel Danny will be a real asset at Waikato FC and provide a lot of confidence to our defending players.”

For comment contact:
Board Chairman Keith Ward on 0294 960329 or
Development Manager Waikato FC Joe Sprangers 027 2828691 or
David Edmondson, Head Coach 027 333 4102 or
Dan Robinson on 0211793455

Waikato FC announces more signings for the upcoming NZFC season:

Matt Williams (Melville)
Paul Caton
Nils Reardon
Mathew Butler
Stu Wilson
Nathan Holten

Waikato FC Development Manager Joe Sprangers is pleased that the club has been able to re-sign key local players Matt Williams and Paul Caton. “Both of these players will play a key role in Waikato FC’s fortunes this season. They are an example of the talent available here in the Waikato and we were determined to sign them again this season.”

Nils Reardon and Mathew Butler have been identified as Hamilton based players with the potential to be future key players for the franchise. Stu Wilson is now based in Hamilton and returns to the squad. Nathan Holten returns to the franchise after missing selection last season and playing for Hawkes Bay.

Negotiations are proceeding with a number of other key players and the club expects to be able to announce several other significant signings shortly.

Board Chair Keith Ward says, “Waikato FC needs the likes of senior players such as Williams and Caton to lead the team now that former captain Che Bunce is playing with the Knights. Their experience in leading the younger members of the squad on the field will be invaluable.”

For comment contact:
Board Chairman Keith Ward on 0294 960329 or
Development Manager Waikato FC Joe Sprangers 027 2828691 or
Head Coach David Edmondson 027 333 4102 or
Matt Williams 0274745656

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Waikato FC's aims are
To win the National League Competition.
To co-operate with and influence the positive development of the game with the Waikato senior and junior soccer bodies.
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To play winning, entertaining and attractive soccer.
To foster and develop a culture for soccer within the Waikato and provide an outlet for the provinces best players to compete at an elite level.


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