The Nahuel Arrarte effect will be put to the test in season 2015 as the Argentine born boss looks forward to bettering his team’s seventh placing in this year’s PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 competition.
Arrarte has been one busy man during the offseason and now preseason period preparing his roaring Wolves for an exciting year ahead.
“We are all itching to get back into the swing of things as a new-year kicks into gear.
“Obviously for myself it’s an opportunity to put something together and achieve something.
“It’s also beneficial for us as we can work on how we want to play football.”
The club has dipped into the player market by filling in the gaps left by departed stars with the likes of skipper Jacob Timpano and star striker Ricky Zucco moving on to name a few.
Arrarte has snapped up former St George FC player George Codrea, Illawarra Premier League recruit David Stojic as well as Brendan Griffin and Dhari Alsaad, both arriving at the South Coast after spending time in the lower leagues of Scandinavia.
“Not being the biggest club and a regional club, it’s more difficult to attract players.
“I’m happy with the players on board because they all genuinely want to be here.”
The Wolves have lost some players from last year, most notably Timpano and Zucco.
“Fortunately Wollongong has a strong local league and some players prefer to play there.
“I’m not too worried about those that are gone because the ones that have stayed are all here for the right reasons.”
The Wolves boss has been pleased with the team’s work ethic and determination.
“We’re trying to improve and I can’t fault the attitude and commitment from the boys.
“We still have a bit to work on from a playing perspective but we’ll get there.”
Many of Arrarte’s colleagues have placed the Wolves as this season’s surprise packets.
“The reality is we did well to turn things around last year but we didn’t really achieve anything in seventh place.
“Our aim is to progress and continue moving forward, bettering last year’s league position.
“We want to go out to compete and believe in ourselves while exposing young kids at this level.
“There will be good runs and bad runs but it will be a test of how we deal with that.”
Discussing who would be a team to watch out for, newly promoted PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 side Parramatta FC was Arrarte’s selection.
“Parramatta FC has just come up after winning the Men’s 2 Premiership last year and under the guidance of coach Franco Cosentino, who has a never say die attitude, they could be a surprise.”
As for the favourites, much like the other rival PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 coaches, Arrarte named his four.
“Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58 FC, Blacktown City who have a great bunch of young boys and of course Bonnyrigg.
Notable signings: George Codrea, David Stojic, Brendan Griffin, Dhari Alsaad
-By Nikola Pozder