North Geelong coach Micky Colina refuses to buy into the importance of the opening six weeks of the NPL season, the Geelong Advertiser has reported.
Making a return to the state’s premier competition after spending last season in NPL2, the regional Victorian outfit will play four of their first six games at its Elcho Park complex in 2017, but start their fight to remain in Victoria’s top flight with an away trip to Pascoe Vale on February 10.
Speaking to the Advertiser’s chief football writer, Ryan Reynolds, Colina said he wouldn’t be putting any extra importance on collecting early points despite the run games at Elcho Park.
“On paper people will turn around and say [our start] isn’t too bad,” Colina said.
“But, really, when you enter this competition, every team is quality, every team is a challenge. You have to earn everything you get.
“People again turn around and say playing at home is good. There are always pros and cons.
“We will deal with that. I haven’t had much thought about those games being at home.”
The Warriors yesterday announced the signing of left sided player Bobby Vidanoski from Werribee City, continuing its strong off-season recruiting spree.
Vidanoski joins ex-Melbourne Knight Ivan Grgic, former junior goal keeper Marko Stevanja and one time Perth Glory youth team midfielder Henry Durr at the Lara based club.
According to the Advertiser report, Colina said he was keen to build some depth after having to navigate his way through the NPL with a wafer thin squad two seasons ago.
“We are looking at the big picture,” Colina said.
“We are looking to add to the middle of the park, but we are not rushing into anything. We want someone who can add value to our squad.
“We made the decision our squad was relatively thin in the scheme of things with where we are stepping up to.
“I still believe they [the players from last season] are all capable individuals, but depth was a high priority on the recruiting side of things.”
North Geelong fans have also been given a dream run of back-to-back derbies.
The Warriors will play fellow Croatian community backed St Albans (Dinamo) Saints at home in Round 11 and then the Melbourne Knights away at Knights Stadium in Round 12.
Those fixtures are then reversed in Round 24 and Round 25.
“It’s funny to see that structure. It’s great for a community point of view,” Colina said.
“It will be an interesting challenge. But it’s just another game, they are in there and you have got to play them.
“There are three points up for grabs [in those games], that’s the way I look at it.”