Demlings report, but still unsigned

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SAN JOSE - Mark Demling joined his brother Buzz in the San Jose Earthquakes training camp Thursday, bringing the Quakes up to a full complement of players.

Neither competitor, however has signed a contract yet.

Mike Hewitt, the starting goalkeeper for San Jose over the past two seasons, did sign
a contract yesterday, leaving only the Demlings unsigned among returning regulars.

Hewitt set a club record of eight shutouts in 1977, while giving up an average of 1.42 goals per game. That was far off his exceptional 0.92 goals-against average in 1976.

Earthquake Coach Gabbo Gavric is still locked in negotiations with both Demlings. Buzz, an original Quake and a starter for his entire career in San Jose is coming off back surgery.

Buzz missed a week of drills, before joining practice on Wednesday. Demling is the representative of the newly formed players union and took his contract demands into the press a couple of weeks ago when he was waived through the league.

The waiver process normally is done to determine if there is interest in a player by other teams in the league.

The Quakes are still confident that Demling will come to terms, as the news in the press broke after just one negotiating session.

San Jose is still awaiting the arrival of Trinidad's Leroy Spann, due to problems with the United States Immigration authorities. It can take up to a month to arrange for a visa to permit Spann to come to San Jose and tryout for the squad.

Earthquake officials are trying to expedite that process right now, so both Spann and
Gavric can enjoy the luxury of a long look.