O'Keeffe, Calcott sign with Team Wellington

Team Wellington coach Matt Calcott has secured his first two signings for the 2014-15 national football league, landing former Marlborough goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe and centre back Bill Robertson.

O'Keeffe, 24, was a starter in New Zealand's 2012 London Olympics side and recently completed his studies at Connecticut's Fairfield University.

"Michael O'Keeffe is one of the top goalkeepers in the country," Calcott said.

"He's been overseas, in London, and hasn't been playing for the last six months. He's really excited to be returning and we're rapt to have him. He's [not just] a great keeper but a great guy as well and a good team man to have around."

Calcott said it remained undecided whether last season's goalkeeper and captain, Jacob Spoonley, would be returning to the club.

Robertson, 30, has captained Hawke's Bay United in the past two national leagues. "His leadership is really key to what he can bring to this group," Calcott said.

"He's hard-nosed in the way that he goes about his business and I think that's something that we lacked at times last year.

"It's great to have him on board, especially if we have some younger players, he can help drive that. He's a good guy, a great leader and it's a great signing. He'll be one of three or four that we'll be looking at to be captain."

Calcott said the signings would be coming thick and fast over the next fortnight ahead of the club's Charity Cup clash with Auckland City on October 19.

The Marlborough Express