Former Pukekohe AFC goalkeeper, Trent Hirst, has signed for Franklin United after playing at NRFL level for a number of years with Pukekohe before moving to Waiuku.

The South Auckland resident had to step away from playing due to work commitments with the Ambulance service, which included covering staff required in Christchurch after the earthquake in 2011. In the years since he has played on and off for Pukekohe AFC. Trent was invited by Franklin coaching staff member Simon Andruchow to join a training session, since then he hasn’t looked back – cementing his decision to sign for the season.

Coach Mark Holt added, “Having someone with Trent’s experience around our group of keepers is a huge advantage.

“He comes in with a lot of knowledge that he is willing to pass on to our keeper union and has also indicated he is wanting to get into goalkeeper coaching in the area long-term.

“His positive attitude is infectious, work ethic is high and he is driven to earn a spot in the squad each week. He is often his harshest critic and strives to improve each session with the group or in his own time.

“Trent is a good shot-stopper, calm under pressure and an effective communicator.”

On signing Trent commented, “Once I came down to a session, had a chat with Mark, I instantly found my passion for the game again.

“The setup and team environment that he and the rest of the senior coaching staff have put in place for this season, and the near future is positive.

“I am very fortunate to have the support of my Territory Manager and St John allowing me to take leave for match days and Mark’s understanding of my shift work. I am very much looking forward to having a successful 2020 season with Franklin United.”