A disappointed Albury United wants to put last year’s tough end to the season behind it and fight for a top two finish in 2017.
The Greens have welcomed back some familiar faces ahead of the upcoming campaign and believe they have what it takes to be in the mix at the business end of the AWFA season.
Coach: Matt Campbell
Last year: 5th
Fittest player in pre-season: Ben Hughes
Key man: Caleb Martin
Gains: Ben Hughes, Sam Brosolo (Murray United), James Mason (injury), Kris Wheeler, Nic Wheeler (Alice Springs), Ryan Withers
Losses: Harry Duck (overseas), Stuart Ridley (year off), Liam Rees (injury)
What the coach says: “We were disappointed with fifth last year and there was probably two or three games we let ourselves down with,” Albury United coach Matt Campbell said.
“We’re definitely aiming to be up the top this year with a pretty good squad and everyone training very well.
“The out of town clubs Cobram, Wangaratta and Myrtleford will all be strong again and have already had a few runs under their belt.
“We have four rounds and then Easter, so I think at the Easter break we’ll have a better idea of who is going to have a good year or not.”
What we say: United has five away games to start the season, including trips to Cobram, Myrtleford and Wangaratta, as well as Melrose and Twin City Wanderers.
If the Greens can get through the tricky period with at least nine points to their name, they will be set for a strong run home.