The pre-season is heating up nicely for the Goulburn Valley Suns.
As well as continuing their packed schedule of friendlies, the Suns have unearthed at least one trialist they believe is worthy of a spot on their list moving forward — as well as lured a favourite son back into the fold.
Greg ‘‘Kiwi’’ Nash has once again committed to the Suns for next season after initially signalling other intentions, while Ahmet Turer — who has played for Brunswick City recently — has been offered a place in the squad.
‘‘We’ve offered Ahmet Turer a spot, he’s a centre-forward and will add firepower up front,’’ Suns coach Craig Carley said.
‘‘Kiwi is back on board too, so we’ve managed to keep everyone from last year except outgoing captain Cody Sellwood.
‘‘It’s exciting times, I’m really happy with the squad we’re putting together.’’
The National Premier League Two outfit hosted NPL heavyweight Hume City at the weekend and, although the visitors came away with a 3-0 victory, Carley was happy with the efforts of his charges.
‘‘Make no mistake, they (City) are a quality side and I think they’ll give the NPL a shake up next season,’’ Carley said.
‘‘It was fantastic for our boys to see what level is required from a side like that.
‘‘I was really happy with the boys and the performance, we were probably a little bit too cautious in the first half and paid them a bit too much respect, but when we started to press a bit more we got a bit more success.’’
The under-20 Suns won their fixture against City 2-1 thanks to goals from Liam Nash and Darcy Keck, giving Carley hope that some more future stars will emerge from the junior ranks next season.
‘‘Stuey (under-20 coach Stuart Vance) was fantastic in getting the boys fit and ready for senior football last season and he will be important in that role again,’’ Carley said.
‘‘If we can get another couple of boys to establish themselves at senior level with 10-20 games, that’s what this club is all about.’’
The Suns face Bendigo Amateur Soccer League outfit Moama-Echuca Border Raiders on Saturday at Echuca from 1pm.