Photos (Top to Bottom): Lars Engisch is naturally right-footed, but he's no slouch with his left either, as he shows here against New Town Eagles; Engisch in Metro colours; Engisch moves in on an Eagles opponent [PlessPix]
Metro’s 17-year-old German midfielder, Lars Engisch, had an excellent game against New Town Eagles on Tuesday evening.
The right-footer controlled the midfield for large spells and his work-rate was impressive.
He displayed excellent vision and technical skills as he sprayed passes around to bring his team-mates into the action.
Engisch said he was happy at Metro and had enjoyed the game against Eagles.
He is still awaiting an international clearance, but he won’t be returning to Germany for another three months, so local fans should see him in action in competitive games soon.
Engisch is from a small town near Mannheim, in south-west Germany, and he played for FC 08 Hassloch, an amateur club that has links with Bayern Munich.
He is studying at Elizabeth College.
Goalkeeper Craig Minty has left New Town Eagles to join Tilford Zebras.
Zebras keeper Jason Voss had moved to the Gold Coast for work, so the senior position looks like being a tussle between Troy Kaden, Frank Mainella and Minty.
Zebras had to cancel their pre-season trip to Brisbane because of the floods, but they are having a full-scale training camp this week, with up to two sessions a day.
South Hobart are playing a practice match against Launceston United at Wellesley Park on Saturday at 2pm.
On Sunday, they will take on New Town Eagles at the same venue at 11am and 1pm.
Next Wednesday, South Hobart will spar with Taroona at Wellesley Park at 6pm.
On Saturday, 5 February, South Hobart will play Beachside at Wellesley Park at noon and 2pm in another reserves and senior friendly series.
The pre-season Hudson Cup in Launceston starts the next day.
Sam Cocks has been appointed coach of Burnie United for the 2011 Northern Premier League season.
Rumours had been rife that Cocks was finished with Burnie, but he re-signed as coach last week.