Key Singleton Striker misses out on top ten list on the eve of season

IN ACTION: Singleton Striker Joseph Civello was very unlucky not to make the list of the league's top ten best players.
IN ACTION: Singleton Striker Joseph Civello was very unlucky not to make the list of the league's top ten best players.

The Singleton Argus will be breaking new grounds in its coverage of the round ball game when releasing its official top ten New FM Northern League One players list tomorrow morning.

Sports reporter Alex Tigani has teamed up with the league's chief writer James Ward on the eve of the 2019 season to release a final list with players from eight different clubs.

Each player who has made the final cut varies in their style of football, age and size.

However to understand the true significance of the final ten listed players you only have to scan your eyes over the following honourable mentions.

FORMER STRIKER: Klaudon Ahmataj (Cessnock City) has found himself on a third different list in the space of 12 months after calling both South Cardiff and Belmont Swansea home in 2018. He was unlucky not to make the final cut.

FORMER STRIKER: Klaudon Ahmataj (Cessnock City) has found himself on a third different list in the space of 12 months after calling both South Cardiff and Belmont Swansea home in 2018. He was unlucky not to make the final cut.

Singleton striker Joseph Civello, who took out all four of the club's major awards in 2017, was unable to make the final cut despite his impressive footballing resume.

"Civello has one of the most impressive resumes in the league having played in the Queensland State League for Mackay," Tigani explains.

"He also impressed by training with the Singleton Roosters AFL side but due to injuries and a long absence in the 2018 season he would have to settle for eleventh."

The Belmont Swansea premiership party has truly come to an end after six months after its historic win with star trio Mitchell Cook, Clayton Poole and 2018 team of the year member Corey Wilson also left out.

WINNERS: Belmont Swansea celebrated a 4-2 grand final victory over West Wallsend last season. (Photo by New FM Northern League One)

WINNERS: Belmont Swansea celebrated a 4-2 grand final victory over West Wallsend last season. (Photo by New FM Northern League One)

Arguably the most controversial selection would be the omission of Wallsend forward Ty Goldsmith and incoming defender Michael Wright.

"He (Goldsmith) scored 17 goals for Wallsend last season and, in his first season in the league, he made the team of the year," Ward added.

Here are the honourable mentions ahead of tomorrow's unveiling:

Mitchell Cook (Belmont Swansea United)

Position: Defender

2018 games: 17

2018 goals: 1

Starred in the Belswans' defence alongside Reece Newton and Corey Wilsom and also contributed in the side's 4-2 grand final win against West Wallsend. It would be the club's first premiership in 32 years.

Corey Wilson (Belmont Swansea United)

Position: Defender

2018 games: 22

2018 goals: 2

Wilson found the back of the net in last year's grand final to hand them the lead over West Wallsend before the main break. He also made the team of the year yet the former Valentine NPL star was unable to make the cut.

Clayton Poole (Belmont Swansea United)

Position: Forward

2018 games: 13

2018 goals: 4

He was the Archie Thompson for the Belswans on grand final day. Not one, not two but THREE goals in their historic 4-2 win.

Gregory Anderson (Cessnock City)

Position: Defender

2018 games: 18

2018 goals: 0

A reliable defender who featured in the team of the year after crossing from Hamilton Olympic. Will hope to continue the Hornetts' rise under new coach Arthur Hodgetts by rectifying the side's terrible away record.

Klaudon Ahmataj (Cessnock City)

Position: Forward

2018 games: 20

2018 goals: 7

The former Singleton Striker has found himself on a third different list in the space of 12 months. The Albanian, who called South Cardiff and Belmont Swansea home in 2018, will now join Anderson at the Hornetts.

Lachlan Hodgetts (Cessnock City)

Position: Forward

2018 U20 NPL games: 15

2018 U20 NPL goals: 3

He has the height, the experience and the ability. Hodgetts now has the chance to make Cessnock relevant again when the Hornetts kick off their 2019 season against New Lambton at Turner Park this Saturday.

Daniel Johnson (Cooks Hill United)

Position: Midfielder

2018 games: 22

2018 goals: 3

Johnson was another team of the year member who had to make way on the list for incoming talent. The talented former South Cardiff NPL midfielder still found the back of the net on three occasions last year.

Martin Raines (Cooks Hill United)

Position: Forward

NPL Capital 2018 games: 15

NPL Capital 2018 goals: 3

If you've ever questioned the depth of talent entering the league, look no further. Raines has enjoyed the success of ACT football with Belconnen United before travelling the world for three years.

Joseph Civello (Singleton)

Position: Forward

2018 games: 10

2018 goals: 4

The Strikers' striker took all awards which came his way for Singleton in 2017. Last year Civello's season was marred by injury while a trip to the World Cup also saw him absent in the wintery months. He did manage a goal against Toronto Awaba in their trial last month.

Cameron Herring (South Cardiff)

Position: Defender

2018 games: 17

2018 goals: 1

Yet another team of the year defender to miss out on selection. The FFA Cup star is every chance to return to the top ten after his club's opening fixture against Wallsend this Sunday night.

Ty Goldsmith (West Wallsend)

Position: Forward

2018 games: 19 games

2018 goals: 17 goals

You could say its almost disgusting to leave such a fine talent in front of goal out of our list. Especially when the former Argenton striker found five goals in the same match against Toronto last year. But life goes on.

Michael Wright (Wallsend)

Position: Defender

NPL U20 2018 games: 19

NPL U20 2018 goals: 1

The League's chief writer James Ward sums it up best. Wright, who has featured in Lake Macquarie NPL teams, is driven to bolstering the Wallsend defence which leaked 48 goals in 2018.

Bailey Jensen (West Wallsend)

Position: Midfielder

2018 games: 22

2018 goals: 3

Jensen also has NPL experience and could be a player to watch this season after his first full year with Westy last season.

Joseph Holt (West Wallsend)

Position: Forward

2018 games: 20

2018 goals: 7

The former Lake Macquarie NPL talent found the back of the net on several occasions last year however only one of the boys from Johnston Park made the final list.