Dapto junior Matt Jurman is setting his sights high in his return season for Sydney FC.
After spending two successful campaigns with the Brisbane Roar, the defender is hopeful of helping bring a winning formula back to the harbour city.
The Sky Blues experienced a less than spectacular 2012-13 campaign, but Jurman believes fortunes can change at the club he secured a championship with in 2010.
"Hopefully we can have a great season and win another championship medal for the club," Jurman said.
"It is good to be back at Sydney FC. Obviously I loved the club ever since they have been in the league and it is always good to come back."
Jurman and his teammates recently returned to Australia, fresh from Sydney FC's first tour of Italy.
In a change to usual pre-season preparations, the Sky Blues took advantage of their Azzurri connection to test their mettle in Europe.
"We are obviously the first A-League club to be able to go to Europe and I think, not just for me personally, but as a whole club and squad it was a great experience for all of us," Jurman said.
"Just to see how we can deal with teams playing in the Serie B and Serie C was just a good eye opener.
"Also seeing how the much the country loves Alessandro Del Piero, it was pretty crazy to be honest.
"He is a superstar and it is really good that we are able to have him in our team and in the league."
Del Piero is yet to return to Australia but is hoped to be in the country when the Sky Blues continue their pre-season campaign at WIN Stadium against the Newcastle Jets next Saturday.
His teammate Jurman is expected to be a member of the Sydney FC squad and is relishing the chance to return to home turf.
"You don't really get the opportunity to play many games down the Gong these days but I am looking forward to coming back to where I started my football career," Jurman said.
"It will be good to come down and play in front of family and friends again. Hopefully it will be a good turn out and a good result for us."
The pre-season match will provide Sydney with another opportunity to develop their playing style under coach Frank Farina.
A relatively fresh squad of players, coupled with Farina's short time at the helm, means the Sky Blues' on-field performance is still a work is progress.
"It always takes time when you start a new style," Jurman said. "The long pre-season helped us to get to where we are now but we still have a long way to go.
"Hopefully by the time the season starts we will be ready to play some nice football for the fans."