NSW PREMIER LEAGUE
South Coast coach Richard Lloyd hopes the introduction of two 2012 trophy-winning players will guide the Wolves towards title contention this season.
After losing the goalscoring power of Mark Picciolini and Sasho Petrovski, Lloyd will ease former NSL premiership player Chris Price into the line-up during the pre-season cup, which starts tonight against Sydney United.
Price last year played with Sutherland, where he scored the opening goal in the Sharks' 4-1 demolition of APIA Leichhardt in the 2012 Waratah Cup final.
He is joined by talented young midfielder Sam Matthews, who played in Dapto Dandaloo's Illawarra Premier League victory last season.
Taking over from Trevor Morgan, who is now in charge of the Western Sydney Wanderers youth league team, Lloyd said the Wolves had no shortage of options to find the back of the net.
"We've got a fairly good attacking line-up," he said.
"We're still working on our defensive set-up and may bring in one more player in the midfield, it's the last piece of the puzzle for us.
"But we've been working hard at training and will gain a lot of out of the pre-season cup, it will be a chance to try and few things and see what works."
Matthews last year had a trial with the Melbourne Heart, before returning to play in the grand final triumph over Bulli.
Sydney United youth product Sam Chapple has also been lured to the Wolves.
Captain Jacob Timpano, a cornerstone of the Wolves defence, will miss the first two pre-season game while he completes a coaching course.
Lloyd said he will still be focusing on gaining some impressive results out of the pre-season.
"As a school teacher, results are important and winning the game is a big thing, it's what we live and die by."
Timpano said the Wolves were confident of making the finals again this year. Last season, South Coast were in the top two teams in the NSW Premier League, before finishing fourth and being eliminated in the first week of the finals.
"We probably overachieved last year, no one really expected to be up as high as we did, but I think we'll be better for the experience," Timpano said.