The wait is almost over.
The Goulburn Valley Suns kick off its National Premier League season tonight against Springvale White Eagles and head coach Nick Kalafatis was excited for what lies ahead.
‘‘I do not think I could be happier heading into the new season,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We had a hard pre season, a good pre season and we got exactly what we wanted out of it.’’
Kalafatis will be entering his third year as the Suns head coach and will face the challenge of managing his youngest squad yet.
‘‘This will be the youngest senior team I have coached. It is really exciting, the enthusiasm, the want to listen and the eagerness is great,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We have put a good squad together this season, we have a mix of experience, youth and some good local talent,’’ Kalafatis said.
After establishing his blueprint on a number of players, the Suns new imports Rob Hughes and Liam Baxter will only add to the attacking brand of soccer Kalafatis was looking to bring to McEwen Reserve.
‘‘We have big expectations this season,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We want to play a good brand of soccer and hopefully with results that will bring people through the gates.’’
Kalafatis’ men will play three out of their first four games at McEwen, highlighted by a northern derby against Archie Thompson’s Murray United.
However, the Suns have four straight games on the road, including trips to Ballarat and Bendigo, with Kalafatis realising the importance of a good start.
‘‘It is critical that with such a young side we can get off to a good start,’’ Kalafatis said.