The FUSC journey into the PS4NPLWA begins
November 20, 2017
After last season’s sensational promotion to the PS4 NPLWA all the hard work starts now for Rod Banjac, his coaching staff and the players, and they meet on Tuesday evening 21/11 at (6.30 pm) for a meet and greet at the club followed by a BBQ. (No training).
With the inclusion of new signings Tom Southgate, Tom Jebb, Callum Roberts, Izzy Atak and the appointment of assistant coach Bobby Despotovski, Banjac knows they have to prepare well and deliver on the pitch next season.
“It’s onwards and upwards for FUSC, and the planning for this season started after the final whistle in the play-off final at Mandurah City,” he explained. “We’ve strengthened our squad and our coaching staff and we are ready for the next challenge, and that is to be competitive in the NPL.”
Banjac said it’s not just a huge season for the seniors, the junior sides are also preparing for life in the NPL. “That win at Mandurah was huge for our football club, and it showed in the first half, but Terry (Brown) and I were confident they could get the job done, and they came through,” he said. “The win meant our junior’s didn’t have to leave the club to play in the NPL. Andy Byne and his team are working very hard to have the boys ready for their first season in the top flight of junior football.”
Defender Mark Barnett was outstanding at the heart of solid back five, and he said all the hard work last season paid off. “Personally very happy with the season just gone, I achieved my individual goals but more importantly the team goals were accomplished,” he explained.
“I believe I have so much more to give this season and for the future and I have done everything in the off season to give me the best possible chance of delivering these improvements. We have an outstanding playing group and I think everyone has faith in each other which is what brings us all together when it matters. Excitement is an understatement, bring on the 2018 season.”
The 21 year-old is looking forward to getting back to the club and prepare for a big NPL season. “We have a get together on Tuesday and we are all looking forward to catching up as a team and to start preparing for what will be the biggest year in the clubs history. I think everyone involved will say the same thing as me, but I have never been so eager to get back into a football season as much as this one,” Barnett explained.
“The challenge ahead is a big one in which all the players and staff are prepared to live up to and embrace. The majority of the boys have been keeping their touch over the break playing in the six-a-side comp down at Hartfield Park so we are ready to come back into it for real.”