KNOX City’s plans to get back into the FFV State League 3 competition has begun in earnest.
City has already attracted a group of 35-40 players for pre-season training while coach David Stack waits on several possible player signings.
City was relegated from State League 3 last season and in the revamped lower leagues format will play in the new FFV State League 4 East competition this season.
Stack said his side was taking shape with 8-10 of last year’s first team joined by several younger players and, hopefully, same helpful signings.
“Pre-season has been good and we have a lot of keen, young players coming through,” he said.
“We are looking to build on our core group but we are waiting to see about a couple of our players who are trialling with clubs in higher leagues.
“We are in the process of talking to some players from higher levels and we should get decisions from them in the next few weeks.”
Stack said he was working to make his squad stronger.
“We lost about half our squad so we are looking to strengthen our spine and as always we are on the lookout for a striker and players to fill the attacking positions but everyone will tell you that at this time of the year.”
City played all last season at the Knox Regional Soccer Centre as its home ground, Egan Lee Reserve, underwent major works.
The new grass is still growing at Egan Lee and the club is not training on it.
But Stack hopes his side can return there early in the new season.
He has also approved of the changes to the lower leagues which allows for more matches against local rivals, which for Knox City include Mooroolbark, Croydon City and Monbulk.
“I think it will increase local interest and crowd numbers,” he said.
“We have a lot more local derbies now and I think with more games in the local area more people will come because even if we aren’t playing, people may see that Mooroolbark or someone else is playing so they will go watch them.
“I think it will increase the number of people at matches.”