The Goulburn Valley Suns will be looking for more support heading into this season’s National Premier League Two division.
The Suns are still in their infancy after being put in the top flight for the inaugural NPL campaign in 2014.
Playing coach Nick Kalafatis has expressed his concern about attendance numbers and would like to see crowds continue to grow.
‘‘It’s important that we get support,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘The GV Suns have been around for four years, but the support hasn’t been what the owners expected.’’
On the field, the GV Suns have not been the most successful team, but there are enough reasons that should be attracting people across Greater Shepparton to come watch and enjoy the region’s premier soccer club.
Based out of newly renovated McEwen Reserve in Shepparton, the Suns’ squad hosts an abundance of talent from far and wide, but also across the region.
‘‘It’s the Goulburn Valley Suns; we’ve got local players from Cobram, Echuca, Shepparton and Tatura to name a few, it’s not a one-town team, so people should come out and enjoy the local aspect,’’ Kalafatis said.
The Suns play their first game of the NPL2 season against the Springvale White Eagles at home on Saturday, February 4, and Kalafatis said early support would be integral leading into the new season.
‘‘I think the first few games are important for us,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a relatively young squad, so if the support can come early, it will go a long way into helping us become a successful team this season.’’
If the Suns are to be successful this season, they will need to work on their defence.
The Suns conceded 46 goals in 28 games last season, the fourth worst record in the league, and only kept five clean sheets.
Kalafatis was well aware of the leaky defence and the commanding centre back will seek to tighten up defensively this season.
Offensively, expect a fluid brand of football from the Suns as they look to dictate play against their opponents.
‘‘I’m a big fan of possession-based football and we want to make our opponents work, so we’ll be looking to play quick football and a good brand of football,’’ Kalafatis said.
This season’s NPL2 East division features a number of storied clubs with Dandenong Thunder, Richmond SC and Box Hill United fighting for promotion into the state’s premier league.