Morwell Pegasus’ State League Division Two South East season kicks off Saturday night with a match against the youthful Doncaster Rovers.
Pegasus senior coach Stan Webster, who is in his second season with the club, said the club has had a “reasonable” pre-season.
“The pre-season has been okay but probably a bit slow getting started,” Webster said.
“There was quite a bit of training scheduled at Pakenham but the ground wasn’t available until late January, so we couldn’t do much until then.”
During the off-season, Pegasus lost two defenders but gained six new players.
“Only one of the new players is a defender, so I’ll have to do some shuffling with the group,” Webster said.
“Because we’ve lost two defenders, over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at our defensive structures and how we will work on them this season.”
The new players include Scott Webster, previously of Dandenong Thunder, Thom Lino from Springvale City and Adam Ahmadzai from Warragul.
The club was also excited about international recruit Josh Lewington, who will join them from England.
Forward Chris Duncan has been unable to complete the pre-season training due to injury and will hopefully return to the pitch in about four weeks, according to Webster.
Last season Pegasus finished fifth and aims to go at least one better this year.
According to Webster, the game-changing factor in this week’s match against Doncaster will be fitness.
“Doncaster is young and enthusiastic, so fitness will be where it’s won,” Webster said.
Overall, Webster said the Pegasus team had a good mixture of youth and experience, as well as the talent to be competitive this year.
Kick off is at 5pm for reserves and 7pm for seniors on Saturday at Ronald Reserve, Morwell.