Looking to start a move towards the top of the NPL2 East table, the GV Suns’ under-20s kicks off its campaign today.
The Suns’ youngsters take on Dandenong City in new coach Stuart Vance’s first game at the helm.
And while Vance was not quite sure what to expect from Dandenong City, he forecast big things for the Suns in 2018.
‘‘The boys are feeling pretty confident; we’ve had a really good preseason with good results and they’re looking pretty fit and sharp,’’ Vance said.
‘‘We only lost one of the preseason games against Wangaratta, in every other game they’ve done extremely well.
‘‘We had a great result against Avondale, which is an NPL side, last weekend.
‘‘It was a really good comeback, we were 3-1 down and come back to win 4-3, so it’s shaping up really well.’’
Vance, a former Suns player, will be assisted by Paul Amadei, who led Shepparton South to multiple titles.
The new coach said seeing discipline from his troops was one of his top priorities.
‘‘When Craig was talking to me about coming in and doing the role that was a real focus for the young guys,’’ he said.
‘‘Basically we want them working hard and applying themselves with real discipline in training and in games.’’
The under-20s are coming off a seventh-placed season, marred by inconsistency potentially caused by players being promoted to the seniors.
But for better or worse, Vance said given the talent in his squad, it could well happen again.
‘‘There’s a lot of talent; a few guys have already stepped up to first grade and I would expect more would do that,’’ he said.
The under-20s kicks off at 5pm today at McEwen Reserve,