Boss adds gloss

Melville have boosted their squad with the signing of Jama Boss ahead of Saturday’s important away match with Bay Olympic.

Boss last played for Melville in 2018 (Div 1) when he scored 22 goals in 24 appearances (including Cup). Since then he has been travelling to play with Manukau United, with summer league spells for Tasman United and Wanderers Sports Club.

An enduring family illness has prompted the 26-year-old Somali international-in-waiting to seek a gig closer to his Hamilton home this winter, and Melville coach Sam Wilkinson said it was “a no-brainer” to speak with him, given Melville’s attacking ranks have been thinned through injuries to Kieran Richards, Mark Jones and Steven Holloway.

Last season Boss scored 16 northern premier goals and four in the Chatham Cup for Manukau.

Wilkinson has known Boss for close on a decade, and described him as the second best player to have come out of Hillcrest High. (It is still unclear if that was an obscure nod to Chad Coombes or Jeremy Field – further details are still being sought on that big call.)

“Jama fits in well with the lads, so it made perfect sense,” Wilkinson said. “I think he can have the same galvanising impact for us that Craig Pritchard had last year.

“He is a player who creates things and a proven goalscorer, so it is a definite upgrade to the squad.”

Meanwhile Richards could possibly be ready for the Bay Olympic match while accountant Liam Hayes has recovered from a midweek bout of soggy chips.

# Sam Wilkinson has been suspended for a further three matches for his reaction to referee Steven Black not knowing or applying the laws of the game regarding penalty encroachment in the big derby v Wanderers, after the northern league competition manager referred the matter to the NRFL disciplinary committee. The referee stood himself down after the match in the only public acknowledgement to date that a significant error had been made.

# Don’t forget the Melville Toga Party, Gower Park, Saturday August 1 from 6.30pm.

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