Marconi, Sydney United and Bonnyrigg prepare for season openers

Eyes on the prize: Bonnyrigg White Eagles captain Ray Miller, Marconi Stallions skipper Christopher Nunes and Sydney United 58 leader Nick Stavroulakis with the NPL 1 trophy. Pictures: Football NSW
Eyes on the prize: Bonnyrigg White Eagles captain Ray Miller, Marconi Stallions skipper Christopher Nunes and Sydney United 58 leader Nick Stavroulakis with the NPL 1 trophy. Pictures: Football NSW

One team is looking to return to their former glory in the top echelon of state football.

The other enters 2018 celebrating their 60th year under a new coach with the same high expectations.

And the third team, is looking to bounce back after a horror year with injuries.

But the Marconi Stallions, Sydney United 58 and Bonnyrigg White Eagles all have the same goal: to win the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 competition.

Marconi, who won the premiership and championship double in the NPL 2 last year, return to the state league after a two year absence looking to make up for lost time with the acquisitions of Mateo Poljak,  Martin Lo,  Sean O’Connell and Emmanuel Ponce.

They open their campaign against Sydney United 58 FC on Saturday (7pm) at Marconi Stadium.

After finishing seventh last year, the Reds have a new coach in Jason Culina and a host of new players including Patrick Antelmi, John Hall and Shannon Cole as they strive for success in their milestone year.

At Bonnyrigg, Brian Brown enters his 10th season as head coach with a new assistant coach in Milan Susak as they look to bounce back after injury-plagued 2017 season.

They also have a new-look squad with Tynan Diaz and David Bradasevic among the new recruits. They open their campaign against Sydney Olympic on Sunday (3pm) at Belmore Sports Ground.