South Melbourne FC is pleased to announce the return of former goalkeeper Jason Saldaris to Lakeside Stadium for the 2014 season.
The Western Australian was signed before the 2012 season to act as an understudy to Peter Gavalas and he made his debut in the 2-1 victory over Malvern City in the Fifth Round of the Dockerty Cup on Sunday 29 April 2012 at John Cain Reserve. His next (and last) appearance for the Club was in the 5-2 win over Heidelberg United in what was a dead-rubber final round Victorian Premier League match at Olympic Village on Sunday 16 September 2012. In his many matches for the Under-21s in 2012, Saldaris developed a reputation for being a very good shot-stopper and his defenders had him to thank for denying several goals to opposition forwards.
Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, Saldaris spent some time training with AEK Athens , while also being third choice keeper Perth Glory . He then returned to captain his former W.A. State League side Perth Soccer Club, playing alongside a 2006 South VPL Championship player in Antonio Naglieri.
Speaking to smfc.com.au, SMFC Football Director Nicholas Maikousis said “we are delighted to welcome Jason back to the Club. He was quite a popular player during his first stint with the Club, and are looking for him to continue his excellent form this season”.
South Melbourne FC welcomes Jason Saldaris back to the Club and wishes him the very best for the 2014 season.