After 20 long years, the Mudgee Gulgong Wolves have returned to the Western Premier League, and they're hungry to win.
They have just come off a string of strong performances in trial matches against the North West Falcons, Panorama FC and Macquarie United.
Mudgee Gulgong Wolves president Christopher Clegg thought the trial matches provided valuable opportunities for the team to bond.
"The trial games helped us create team cohesion, unity, and get a good bunch of guys together," he said.
Centre-back Lindsay Henderson has returned to the Mudgee Gulgong Football Club, after he left at just 13 years-old to play for Newcastle United (Jets).
He has played professional football both interstate and overseas where he recently played for Thimphu City F.C in the Bhutan Premier League.
"The Wolves are my boyhood club so I always wanted to come back and finish my football career here, it's an honour to represent the town in which I grew up in," Mr Henderson said.
"It's the first year the professionalism here has taken a step up two or three levels, and the boys are still getting used to that intensity. The plan is to establish a good flow and understanding of each other and once we get that, I think we're going to be dangerous."
Their unity will be put to the test in their first Saturday night clash against Parkes Cobras at Woodward Oval.
Pre-season trials have given The Wolves quiet whispers of information about their rivals, including quiet contenders Parkes Cobras, according to Mr Clegg.
"People say Parkes are the dark horse that will win it this year. I've heard they've got tall players, so they'll want to have corners and set pieces, and our plan is to play fast paced possession football."
"I want Mudgee to be known as a team that never gives up, no matter what the score."Christopher Clegg
The Wolves have their work cut out for them early on in the season, not only are they playing as a freshly formed team but they will play without a home ground advantage till the sixth round.
Mr Henderson said he envisioned the WPL matches would become a drawcard event in Mudgee during Winter.
"I know the rise in professionalism in the squad and committee makes it a more enjoyable and professional environment for people to get behind," he said.
"If we are applying ourselves on the pitch, it's only natural that we'll start to see the community come to support us."
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