Pascoe Vale is excited to announce that it has secured the signatures of Philippe Bernabo-Madrid and Peter Gavalas in the mid-season transfer window for the latter half of the 2017 Victorian National Premier League season.
Bernabo-Madrid, 25, is well known for the lead role he played in Canberra Olympic’s impressive run to the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup semi-final, where it eventually bowed out against A-League champions Sydney FC.
The Colombia-born forward netted 20 times for Olympic in 2016 before making a move across to Port Melbourne Sharks at the beginning of the 2017 campaign.
Bernabo-Madrid made the nation’s capital his home after coming to Australia from his native South America as a 15-year-old, where he was eventually spotted by Canberra FC.
The speedy forward will look to strengthen Paco’s attacking stocks following the recent departure of Marino Gasparis.
Bernabo-Madrid says that Pascoe Vale’s desire to succeed helped him make his decision to link up with the club.
“I was attracted to the desire the club has to succeed and the way they’re going about it, doing the right things,” he told pvfc.com.au.
“My aim is to help the team in every way that I can to win as many games as possible, which hopefully leads up to being involved in the finals.
“In the long term, I’m definitely hoping to help the club succeed and always be up there challenging to win every competition we’re in.”
Gavalas returns to the top flight after spending most of 2015 and 2016 out of the game in order to focus on other professional commitments.
As a former Australian Institute of Sport Graduate, the 29-year-old has had previous stints at Heidelberg United and Bentleigh Greens before he joined South Melbourne in 2012.
The 2013 Victorian Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year stood in goals for South in 2012 and 2013, before briefly returning to the club in 2015 after opting to pursue career opportunites in 2014.
The custodian will be vying for the number one spot alongside regular goalkeeper Alexander Pavlidis on the back of Dennis Martin’s move away from Fawkner.
Reknowned for his quick reactions and strong aerial ability, Gavalas says that he is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.
“Being over halfway through a season, it’s an interesting way to join a club but I’m enjoying training hard and forming some good bonds with the boys.” he said.
“The best thing about an unexpected opportunity is you have no expectations. I’m just committed to working diligently on my game and contributing on our training and playing nights in any way which I can.”
Gavalas and Bernabo-Madrid are both available for selection ahead of Friday tonight’s National Premier League fixture against St Albans Saints at CB Smith Reserve.
Next home match:
Pascoe Vale v St Albans Saints
8:15pm, Friday 9 June, 2017
CB Smith Reserve, Fawkner
Tickets – Adult $15, Concession $10, Children 14-and-UNDER FREE
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Updated 23:51 - 8 Jun 2017 by PASCOE VALE FOOTBALL CLUB