Olympic FC has signed former Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Matt Acton in a major boost to the club’s PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland title ambitions.
The Australian youth international becomes the state’s first registered marquee player, following the conclusion of his injury replacement contract with the Hyundai A-League club.
Acton spoke excitedly about joining the inaugural PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Champions ahead of a possible debut away to Moreton Bay United in Sunday’s season opener.
“There was interest from a few clubs in Melbourne but Olympic made contact with me and I was more than happy to come here,” Acton said.
“I was finding it pretty difficult to find a Hyundai A-League club because the window had closed but Olympic was happy to accommodate me which was pleasing.”
Acton spent almost seven years at Brisbane Roar across two spells and believes regular football at Goodwin Park will stand him in good stead for a return to the top.
“The plan is to do well here for Olympic and try to get noticed by Hyundai A-League clubs,” he said.
“Hopefully I can be a standout not only in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland but also in the Westfield FFA Cup.”
Following two senior appearances for Roar last season the Townsville product moved abroad to join Yangon United, helping ‘The Lions’ finish second in the Myanmar National League.
Former teammates Matt Byrne and Matt Mundy, who also formed part of Roar’s championship-winning squads, will provide familiar protection for Acton as part of Olympic’s defence.
“I know those boys quite well so it’s just about getting to know the other guys and the style of play,” the 22-year-old said.
“It’s important to have a good understanding with your back four so to have them there will be really helpful.”
While his home debut will have to wait until round three’s return to Goodwin Park, Acton is already excited about making the Yeronga venue home.
“I played here with Young Roar a few times in pre-season friendlies and the crowds were always big,” he said.
“I can’t wait to do that in an Olympic jersey.”
Olympic FC opens its PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland season against Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park on Sunday evening, with kick off at 6.00pm.