Perkovic takes the reins at St George

Former Kaya FC head coach David Perkovic has taken the reins at NSW National Premier League 2 club St George Saints.

The Australian, who spent two years coaching Kaya FC in the Filipino United Football League, returned home in July. Perkovic spent time assisting Mark Rudan at Sydney United last season.

Perkovic said he was honoured to be coaching former NSL club Saints, who finished bottom of the NPL 1 in 2014 and were relegated back to the second division. St George recorded just four wins and four draws from 22 games last season.

“It's an honor to coach a club with so much history and having the opportunity to have an influence on the squad in preseason is ideal,” he said.

“The club has a vision and a plan and the attribute of a forward thinking club appealed to me.

"There were other opportunities but I felt that leading St George FC into the 2015 season was the best for me.”

Perkovic took his first session with St George last week. He replaces Manny Spanoudakis and will be assisted by Danny Wilson.

“Having just had one training session it will be a little naive of me to lay expectations on where I would like to finish on the table” he said.

“However my expectations of myself, staff and players are always the same, working hard in every training session to get the best out of the squad.”

A Sydney United junior, Perkovic started his coaching career in a youth role with the Stanmore Hawks before taking over the first-team of NSW Premier League 2 side Fraser Park FC in 2011.

He then moved to the Philippines where he led Kaya FC to fourth and third place finishes in 2012 and 2013.

Perkovic introduced a possession-based game and under his tenure a number of Kaya players were called up for national team duty.