WITH two weeks left before the Telikom National Soccer League (NSL) kicks off its fourth season, Gelle Hills has signed David Taro from Solomon Islands.
Taro, who had a season with CMSS Tigers Rapatona last year, was a free agent and has now struck a deal with the Central province team.
This is seen as part of a rebuilding process for Gelle Hills, who are ready to take on the new season in style, with the aim of making the top four.
Taro, originally from Western Solomons, has over the years claimed recognition as a fine player having represented his country in international tournaments.
In 2007 he was part of the Solomons team that participated at the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
At the official signing of his contract, a shy Taro vowed to give his best to ensure that the season kicked off on a high note with the focus of taking the team through to the finals.
Gelle Hills head coach Wesley Waiwai, at Taro’s signing said as a team playing in the semi-professional league, the demand to have him on board was a significant step towards ensuring the rebuilding process for Gelle Hills was back on track.
“The signing today (last Friday) confirms his commitment to the team for this season and hopefully the following years as well.
“It’s a big boost for the team and all the members are very excited at the prospect of having such an experienced player on board,” he said.
“Through this, we are also looking at him providing leadership as well during the season so it’s going to be an exciting season for all at Gelle Hills.
“With this type of people playing on the side, we can achieve many things,” Waiwai said.
He added that soccer meant working with raw talent and working your way up the ladder of the sport.
Gelle Hills have been one of the formidable teams in the semi-professional league making it the grand final twice.
However, last season they missed out and are more determined this year to return to fame and glory they once enjoyed.