Waikato has added Robbie Greenhalgh to its squad for the game
against Otago on Sunday, in the wake of a host of younger
players being influenced to withdraw by former coach Declan
Jesse Edge, Harry Edge, Ryan Thomas, Matt Oliver, Dan Looker,
Bailey Webster, Harley Tahau, and Mohammed Awad ceased
attending training last week, in the wake of Waikato's first
win of the season against Manawatu, without any communication
with the club.
When contacted for an explanation, Thomas advised he was now
in a moonboot with a suspected stress fracture in his foot,
while the others said they were no longer available for
Waikato, effective immediately.
Declan Edge had previously advised of his intention to take
up employment with the Ole Academy, at the end of his
contracted period with Waikato, but was sacked under poor
performance clauses a fortnight ago. Replacement coach Mark
Cossey immediately turned results around at Waikato.
The players are all preparing to shift to Wellington to join
Edge at his new post at the Ole Soccer Academy, which
privately runs high performance programmes.