Kingz sign Greeks
The Football Kingz's fans, rapidly gaining local fame for the vocal support they lend their heroes, will have their work cut out finding ways to incorporate newest signings Andy Vlahos and Con Boutsianis into easily sung rhymes. Vlahos will be the club's new attacking spearhead, but the National Soccer Club's incoming coach Mike Petersen is determined he will not be a one-man band. In announcing the two-year deal with Vlahos - he cost the Auckland-based club an $A25,000 ($NZ31,500) transfer fee to Greek club Panathinaikos - Kingz general manager Chris Turner also confirmed All Whites striker Paul Urlovic has re-signed for another season. Also signed yesterday were 29-year-old goalscoring South Melbourne midfielder Con Boutsianis - regarded as a world class 'dead ball' specialist - and All Whites utility player Gerard Davis, who has signed a new two-year contract. Vlahos, 25, began his NSL career with Heidelberg and later played with Carlton before going to Greece where he struggled to command a regular first team place. He then returned to Australia and played on loan for a season and a half at South Melbourne. Vlahos scored 13 goals last season to finish ninth on the NSL goalscoring list - one goal and two places behind Boutsianis. The pair will play a significant role in a team who have struggled to score heavily and are now without their leading goalscorers from their first two seasons.