So season 2020/21 ended for the Bulls just one win shy of a grand final appearance in their inaugural season. Can they go one game further this year?
Well lets take a look at the wheeling and dealings since their defeat to Melbourne City in the Semi Final. The club have lost 8 of their starting 11 players. Adam Federici, Mark Milligan, Benat, Markel Susaeta, Denis Genreau, Matt Derbyshire, Loic Puyo and Ivan Franjic. That is some kind of exodus from a club that was one game from a grand final. It left us fans all wondering what the hell was going on and how the club would have to start their second season much like the first in bedding in a side that is completely unfamiliar to each other.
Now the Club’s scouting team need a massive pat on the back with these replacement signings – Craig Noone, New Club Captain Ulises Davila, Daniel De Silva, Tomislav Uskok, Tomi Juric, Jordon Mutch, Al Hassan Toure and former A-League Goalkeeper of the Year Filip Kurto. If this was to be our inaugural squad then I would be so excited for our second season.
It’s well known that building team harmony and cohesion takes time and to know that this squad has only spent a few weeks together then my hopes for a fast start to this season are quite low. We definitely have a capable squad and one that I will guarantee to be competitive in the back end of the season and firing just in time for the final series.
So we will be relying on the likes of brothers Lachlan and Liam Rose, Michael Ruhs, Jake Hollman and Jake McGing to push for a starting position whilst the new blood takes time to gel. My prediction for this season will be for Macarthur to have a top 3 finish -but this all depends on Juric, Ruhs, LA Rose and Davila to replace Derbyshire and consistently finding the back of the net.
We open the season with a home match against Wellington Phoenix a notorious tough fixture that has seen us go 1-1-1 after three fixtures against the well versed Phoenix. . After that we head to Netstrata Jubilee to our first Sydney Derby of the season and then back home hosting the Central Coast Mariners. Its a tough opening month for us, but if we want to be the best then we need to beat the best.
I hope to see the Bullpen cheering and as Covid restrictions have eased around the state that we can pack out Campbelltown each game. We were chosen ahead of much stronger footballing setups in Canberra and Wollongong, so we need to really show our fanbase this year.
Breaking News – Our opening home game has been moved from Campbelltown Stadium to Macdonald Jones Stadium as a Double Header Sunday. Campbelltown Stadium has been deemed not suitable to for a A-League fixture.