A new community-based ownership structure – including the establishment of public companies to run the TeleChoice Premier League side ? has been established, and the expectation amongst supporters will be ?more of the same? following the Wolves? tremendous Grand-Final triumph in 2008.
Former Wollongong FC Assistant coach Tony Pace has taken the coaching reigns at the club, retaining a number of important elements from the Championship winning side of last season.
Influential striker Ilija Prenzoski will again carry the weight of expectation up-front with his goal scoring abilities vital to his side?s chances of success. Prenzoski will have a familiar face in Ballamadou Conde playing out of midfield, meanwhile the striking ability of Samet Kaynak promises to deliver much in the coming season.
Out of midfield, Steve Hayes will be hoping to build on his Grand-Final ?Man of the Match? performance in last season?s 4-2 win against Sutherland Sharks as his presence becomes of vital importance in a group that boasts many new faces.
Alfredo Estevas? experience in defence is a solid platform for new coach Tony Pace to build his backline; Pace also has the services of new signings, defenders, Ben Bronneberg and Jamie Pitt to guard goalkeeper Alex Augusto.
Wollongong FC 2009: Alex Augusto, Jamie Pitt, Kieran Deane, Alfredo Esteves, David Abel, IIija Prenzoski, Steve Hayes, Samet Kaynak, Dane Treneski, Ballamadou Conde, Christopher Nathaniel, Brendan Kearns, Ben Bronneberg, Josh Price, James Lawrence, Steve Dimitrievski