NSL transfer window open

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THE National Soccer League (NSL) board has reminded all affiliated franchises that the player transfer window is now open and will continue through this month.
The PNG Football Association (PNGFA) competition manager Edward Tauloi said the board had agreed that all franchises were eligible to register up to 25 players this season.
Application forms for transfer of players are available at the NSL office located at Watkinson’s Mall, Boroko.
More information about transfers can be obtained by calling 3231956.
NSL board chairman John Kapi Natto confirmed yesterday that the transfer window opened on Oct 1 and would close on Oct 30.
“This is the time franchise owners are eligible to sign players, or players can move from one club to another,” he said.
“We might ask PNGFA to have a transfer grace period in January and another in March next year,” he said.
From the outset, a number of franchises are recruiting players from Solomon Islands.
Gelle Hills are hoping to pick up three players, while Eastern Star FC are tightlipped about the signing of a Solomon Islands international, who is part New Ireland.
Kapi Natto said the preparation for the upcoming NSL season was progressing well with the launching scheduled for Oct 31.
He said the highlight of the NSL opening ceremony would be the presence of former Liverpool FC legend Robby Fowler, who will be the special guest.
THE NSL chairman said most clubs had met their requirements except for three clubs.
He said Eastern Star and University Inter FCs have been given 14-day extensions, while Unitech were yet to solve some outstanding matters with the PNGFA before they get the nod for admission.
The clubs that have fully complied with the NSL requirements are Hekari Souths United, CMSS Tigers, Gelle Hills (Port Moresby), Tuguba Laitepo Morobe FC (Lae) and Niupetro Fox FC (Madang).
“The new NSL season promises to be bigger and better than the last one and we need everyone to support it for the develpment  of soccer in PNG,” Kapi Natto said.