Sun’s out, gun’s out

September 08, 2017

Nick Kalafatis has left the Goulburn Valley Suns in a better state and the club is thankful for his contribution.

The Goulburn Valley Suns have begun their preparations for next year.

The region’s premier soccer club is seeking expressions of interest for the vacant senior coaching position after the departure of well-respected playing coach Nick Kalafatis.

However, it might not be the only change, with the under-20 head coaching position also up for grabs.

‘‘We have put it out there, it is still early days, but we have had a few bites, which is good to see,’’ Suns president Mick Crisera said.

‘‘We want to continue to build on what Nick left, the club is as stable as it has been in a long time, if not ever.’’

The Suns finished fourth, equal on points with third-placed Melbourne City, and Crisera hoped the Suns could match this season’s output and continue to reign supreme as the competition’s best regional club.

‘‘It is important for us to continue our goal of developing and playing local talent,’’ Crisera said.

‘‘Every club in the NPL2 has ambitions of playing in the NPL and we are no different, but we have a philosophy on how we want to achieve it and that will line up with the new coach.’’

The Suns, who are in no rush, are expected to announce their new coach before their presentation night on October 14.

Meanwhile, junior squad trial dates have also been announced for any young budding star looking to take the next step.

The trials, which will be at McEwen Reserve, will take place on October 9 and 11 for children between the under-13 and 18 age groups, while sessions for the under-8s, 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s will take place on the following Monday and Wednesday.

‘‘We are always looking for the best talent around and at the moment we have probably 80 per cent of it,’’ Crisera said.

‘‘We aim to promote and develop the game and hopefully all the juniors come out, trial and under the tutelage of some great coaches we can all take a step forward in the right direction.’’

For more information about the trials, phone technical director Shaban Mehmet on 0401843372.

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