THE Casey Comets hope an advertisement in a Scottish newspaper could prove the catalyst for a return to FFV State League 2 next year.
Comets coach Stan Webster was visiting his native Scotland for a holiday when he put an ad in the Evening Times for footballers interested in coming to Australia to play.
He got an overwhelming response and eventually settled on a defender, a midfielder and a forward with Chris Reid, Sean McLaughlan and Frank Gibson set to debut for the Comets in their opening round state league 3 match against Peninsula Strikers on Saturday.
"I have a mate who does the newspaper over there and was back home on holidays and put an ad in the local paper," Webster said.
"It's good to get that type of player in from overseas — they bring a good quality into the team."
The early indications are that Webster picked the right three internationals with the Comets winning the pre-season tournament, the Steve Wallace Memorial Cup. Some other recruits, notably Webster's twin sons Simon and Scott and Morwell Pegasus pair John McLuskie and Jason Rand also had an impact.
Former Mornington midfielder Matthew Morris-Thomas has also joined the Comets to play under the experienced mentor.
Webster is hopeful the new recruits and the talented youth pushing up into the club's senior grades will be enough to help the Comets swiftly return to state league 2.
"That's what we are going to try and do but it doesn't always work that way," said Webster, who is in his second stint as Comets coach after guiding them into state league 2 in his first.
"We are going to play one kid who is 15 and then some 16 and 18 year olds.
"We did win the Steve Wallace Memorial Cup which was good for the confidence — especially for the younger guys."
Casey Comets clash with Peninsula Strikers from 3pm at Comets Stadium on Saturday.