Dunedin’s Green Island have withdrawn from next season’s Southern League, opening the way for relegated club FC Twenty 11 to return for another campaign.
Green Island finished eighth in the 10-team 2023 competition, 10 points ahead of bottom-placed FC Twenty 11.
The Canterbury club was invited to enter the 2024 Southern League, which they have accepted. The reprieve also means FC Twenty 11 will have a team in the South Island’s U-20 men’s league.
In its announcement, FC Twenty 11 revealed their Southern League squad will be led by head coach Graham McMann, with Josh Dray as assistant coach, and Taylor Dove as the goalkeeper coach.
“We welcome all club players and/or new players to the club who have an ambition to play for the Southern League or U-20s League,” FC Twenty 11 said.
Pre-season training will start on January 23, with sessions at Avonhead Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.30pm-8pm).
Meanwhile, UC Football will join the Southern League in 2024 after winning a promotion play-off series against FC Nelson and Otago’s Roslyn Wakari.
The Universities of Canterbury-affiliated club have appointed Aldo Miramontes as their coach for their Southern League campaign.