The Goulburn Valley Suns will kick off their National Premier League division two campaign tonight against Springvale White Eagles at McEwen Reserve.
In a highly-anticipated match, the Suns will have to be at their best with the Eagles expected to be one of league’s better clubs this season.
The visitors have recruited well, with former Real Madrid youth player Delfin Mosibe and one-time Bosnian international Nebojsa Pejic expected to feature.
With a number of new signings and a strong end to last season, Goulburn Valley Suns head coach Nick Kalafatis was aware of the threat White Eagles brought to Shepparton.
‘‘We know they finished the season off very strong. They are one of the strongest squads in the NPL so it will be a great game, they are a good side,’’ Kalafatis said.
Despite the quality of the opposition, Kalafatis remained confident the side could get a result playing their style of soccer.
‘‘We know the way we work, what we want out of our team,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘We will go in playing our brand of soccer, which will make for an interesting game.’’
Unfortunately the Suns will be without two key players for tonight’s clash.
Dynamic midfielder Greg Nash will miss with a slight knee injury, while Welsh import Rob Hughes was suspended.
‘‘Nash over-stretched his knee a few weeks ago in training so he will be out,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘There is no point risking players this early on.’’
Perfect conditions were expected for tonight’s clash and the Suns coach encouraged everyone to get out and support his side as they embarked on the new season.
‘‘Everyone knows when you work hard on the pitch, the icing on the cake is the game with people there watching you,’’ Kalafatis said. ‘‘The players lift when there is the support there. So come out and enjoy a good night of soccer.’’