Three more signings for Auckland FC, with two bringing All Whites experience

This morning we’re delighted to announce that three more players have joined the growing ranks of Auckland FC as we build towards our debut A-League Mens season.

Please welcome to the club Scott Galloway, 29, Callan Elliot, 24, and Joey Champness, 27.

The three signings bring a significant amount of professional experience to the club and will continue to strengthen the squad with more than 400 professional caps between them.

“These are three quality players who will provide the club with a solid foundation. I’m proud to bring them here and they are just as excited to play for us,” said Head Coach Steve Corica.

Scott is an experienced defender joining us from Melbourne City. The Perth local has played more than 243 professional games, the majority in the A-League including 22 for the Wellington Phoenix back in 2017/18.

Another familiar name who will now be wearing the black and blue of Auckland FC is Callan Elliot. The right back returns to New Zealand after a season with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell FC. He is working towards getting back into contention for the All Whites squad, adding to his three international appearances so far.

It is also Callan’s birthday on Sunday so please join us in wishing Callan many happy returns.

The final signing is Auckland-born Joey Champness. The exciting left-winger, with six international caps to his name, has been playing in Turkey since the start of the 2020/21 season, most recently with Adanaspor. As well as being a talented footballer Joey is a talented musician, releasing music under the stage name Jowic. His music is well-worth checking out on Spotify or YouTube.

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Scott Galloway

Age: 29
Position: Right Back
Last Club: Melbourne City FC
Home town: Perth
Experience: 3 A-League Championships, 1 Australia Cup Winner

“I’m excited to cross the ditch and join Auckland FC A-League. I know Nick from my time at Melbourne City and after chatting to Steve and Terry about what they are planning for the club, what they want topachieve and the people behind the scenes who are supporting to make it happen, joining became a no-brainer.”

Scott Galloway

Callan Elliot

Age: 24
Position: Right Back
Last Club: Motherwell FC
Home town: Dumfries
Experience: NZ Senior International (2 caps), 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2020 Tokyo Olympics

“I’m delighted to be back in New Zealand and back playing A-League football. The chance to return to the country to progress my career, particulary at international level, really appealed. Not sure what we are calling it yet but that derby match between us and the Nix is going to be huge. Bring it on.”

Callan Elliot

Joey Champness

Age: 27
Position: Left Wing
Last Club: Adanaspor Türkiye
Home town: Auckland
Experience: NZ Senior International (6 caps), 2020 Tokyo Olympics

“I grew up here, I’m from here so the chance to finally play professionally here in Auckland is huge for me and for players like me. Having an A-League club in the city is going to be massive. The opportunities it opens, the pathways for players and the excitement it will bring are all fantastic.”

Joey Champness