The hype is real at Landen Stadium as Blacktown City FC have secured the services of some recognizable faces that are set for a massive 2024 National Premier Leagues Men’s NSW season.
Coach Mark Crittenden has managed to assemble some of the old Blacktown City troops with two familiar faces dominating the headlines: one being returning striker Joey Gibbs and the other ace attacker Mitchell Mallia.
Gibbs spent three seasons playing professionally in Iceland while Mallia has miraculously come out of retirement to play the game he loves once more thanks to some career saving surgery overseas following a devastating foot fracture he suffered in 2022 that forced him out of the game.
Joining the two returning Blacktown City FC stars will be former Sydney FC NPL youth player Jayden Trenkoski, former Marconi Stallions midfielder Martin Fernandez, Philippines international Jacob Maniti as well as the promotion of two rising City youngsters in Abbas Karnib and Julian Rodriguez.
The club resigned the bulk of its 2023 squad including Tristan Prendergast, Cayden Henderson, Tyren Burnie, Lachlan Campbell, Ben Berry, Nicholas O’Brien, Grant Lynch, Adam Berry, Mario Shabow, Danny Choi, Reuben Awaritefe, Travis Major and Jak O’Brien.
Rest assured from the list shown, Blacktown City certainly mean business in 2024 as they hope to bring back the glory days once more.