Hume dismisses player exodus after three-straight losses

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Hume manager Niko Ignatiadis says that rumours of a player exodus from Hume FC are premature.

Recent social media chat has centred around sharp young flanker Muhammed Temel defecting from the side, while other players have also been linked to off-season moves.

Despite the gossip, Temel say that a final decision on his future is not officially decided.

“I love Hume. The club has been great for me and I love playing with the boys,” he told SeriesFutsal.com.

“But I need to make a call on what path I will take soon. I have been thinking about it but haven’t made a final decision on my future.”

Ignatiadis says that the next few weeks will be crucial as other teams look to bolster their own line-ups.

“You never know what may happen next couple of weeks,” he said.

“I would love to keep all the boys, but at the end of the day, no individual is bigger than the club.

“Players come and go but I couldn’t ask for better bunch of blokes at Hume.

“No player has mentioned to us (that they are leaving) so we can categorically say that, at this point, no one is transferring out.”

After a strong start to the season that saw Hume as the only genuine challenger to recently-crowned champions Pascoe Vale, Ignatiadis says that he has been disappointed with the recent three losses, but insists he is happy with his club’s squad.

“I’m happy with the current squad – and who wouldn’t be? We’ve had a great season, currently second and we won the Foz Cup last year with the same squad.

“Unfortunately we have had three losses which is always disappointing but we decided once title was lost to give youth players a go see which ones will be ready for next season.

“Mind you, we lost three games by a goal and with bit of luck could have won those games.”

In recent weeks, Hume has fielded a squad with an average age of 21 and a half years old, proving the club’s desire to blood young talent.

“We’ve given three of our youth players game time, plus Salih Doren has returned from a broken leg that he suffered two seasons ago.

“All of these players will be capable of playing in squad next season so our squad will actually be stronger.”

Regardless, Hume’s strong season has seen it qualify for the prestigious Series Futsal Australia tournament, to be held on March 17-19 in Melbourne.

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