HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has announced the signing of three transfer players, set to join the team for the 2012 season. Midfielders Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.), Sam Nicol (Midlothian, Scotland), and Simon Hinde (Canebrra, Australia) will each step in to provide important roles in the middle of the pitch for the Bobcats.
"Robbie, Sam, and Simon will add a great deal of experience and leadership to our squad," said Da Costa. "They will all play important roles in the midfield and I fully expect all three to make an immediate impact."
McLarney comes to Quinnipiac after playing three full seasons with Big East powerhouse, Rutgers University. During his time with the squad, which included a 2009 showing in the Big East Championship Game, McLarney played in 51 matches (starting in 47), and compiled eight points on four goals and four assists. He touts a lofty high school resume as well, earning High School Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of New Hampshire in 2006-07, was a two-time High School NSCAA All-American selection, and was invited to spend time with the youth team at Newcastle United.
"Robbie's resume speaks for itself," said Da Costa. "He has been a consistent performer for quite some time and I fully expect that to continue here at Quinnipiac. Rob is technical player with a great engine. He is a true box to box midfielder and his experience will bring composure to our midfield play."
Nicol joins Quinnipiac after spending the last two seasons with King College, as he accumulated two goals and nine assists in 35 matches (making 29 starts). In 2011, he ranked second among all players in in-conference games (Conference Carolinas) and was sixth in overall assists. The Scotland native played for the Scottish Schools team, which earned a berth in the Scottish Cup Final. He made an appearance for East of Scotland squad, and netted 15 goals from center midfield for his club soccer team, earning mvp honors along the way.
"Sam is a creative player who has the unique ability to bring others into the game," said Da Costa. "He is technically sound with great vision. Sam's passion and commitment to succeed will rub off on others. I expect Sam to add a dangerous dimension to our attack."
Hinde joins the team after spending the past two seasons with the University of Canebrra (Australia). He was the captain of the Woden Valley Football Club, and was named team mvp in both 2010 and 2011. Hinde's sharp individual footwork led to his selection as an All Star of the Australian National Futsal Championship. The midfielder gained valuable international experience as a four year member of the ACT State Academy, twice touring the UK, playing clubs such as Leeds Utd, Chelsea FC, Charlton Athletic and Reading FC. Hinde, also a member of the U-18 Men's Premier League team, earned mvp honors for the team after leading the squad to the league title.
"Simon is an excellent midfield player," said Da Costa. "He has great physical presence that compliments his technical ability. He has the ability to completely control the tempo of a game. Simon is a leader, fierce competitor and winner he will demand as much of his teammates as he does of himself."
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