Marquee man targets victory in Townsville

After a disappointing campaign in 2008/09 the road to redemption begins this Saturday for Sydney FC, with the reborn Sky Blues set to kick off their chase for the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League title with an historic clash against competition newcomers, the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.


After a disappointing campaign in 2008/09 the road to redemption begins this Saturday for Sydney FC, with the reborn Sky Blues set to kick off their chase for the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League title with an historic clash against competition newcomers, the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.

“We-re all buzzing, (we) can-t wait for the start of the season and finally it-s arrived,” said Sydney striker, John Aloisi after training on Thursday. “We-re hoping it-s not going to be that hot there, I don-t think (it will be) at this time of year. Hopefully we-ll get a good result.”

An under-strength Sydney side scored a comfortable win over North Queensland during the pre-season but the players know they-ll face a more difficult assignment in round one against a Fury team that is certain to be much stronger than the one that took the field at Shark Park.

“It is a completely different side and we expect a tough game,” said Aloisi. “I know we beat them 4-nil but that was only a pre-season friendly and they-ve signed a few more players since then. They-re going to be tough and it-s going to be a good battle.”

While most of the focus will be on the performance of North Queensland-s star signing, Robbie Fowler, Sydney-s marquee man is also keen to make his mark up front for the Sky Blues.

“We know as a team we-re going to grow,” he explained. “We-re going to get even better game by game, but personally I-d love to get off to a good start and score a goal in the first game.”

“We just want to go out there and do our best and make sure we get the good result. Everyone can-t wait, and I-m no different. I-m really looking forward to this season.”

The Sydney side travelled to Townsville today and will finalise its preparations for round one with a training session at Dairy Farmers Stadium tomorrow afternoon.