WARILLA junior Pedj Bojic is confident his new club Sydney FC will plug their leaking defence when the A-League season begins next week.
When the Sky Blues kick off against Newcastle next Friday, they will be seeking to improve on last season's horror start in which they lost six of their first eight matches.
That wasn't helped by a largely rudderless defence - they conceded a league-high 51 goals throughout 2012-13.
Bojic has started a two-year contract with Sydney after five seasons with Central Coast, when he played a key role in the Mariners' maiden championship.
And the talented 29-year-old hopes he can help sharpen focus to turn an old liability into a strength.
"They knew their weakness last year was defensively, so me coming in can hopefully help build that structure more," Bojic said.
"I've got a fair bit of experience, and I hope that I can transfer that into the team, and also look to transfer defence into attack and be an outlet down that right-hand side.
"I'm really looking forward to that - we have a few good recruits in the backline and I hope we all gel well this season.
"The first four is going to be a compact structure defensively, which is the most important thing.
"But defending starts from the front, so all 11 players need to be in a good compact structure to help out in defence."
Joining Bojic are other experienced defenders Marc Warren (Airdrie United, Scotland), Matt Jurman (Brisbane Roar) and Nikola Petkovic (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia).
Petkovic, 27, who arrived in Australia last week to debut in a trial against Perth Glory, replaces midfielder Terry Antonis, out until probably the new year with a debilitating thigh injury.
Petkovic will provide coach Frank Farina with cover across various positions, including centre-back and left-back.
Meanwhile, Dutch defender Pascal Bosschaart will return from a nine-month layoff with a foot injury.
The acquisition of hard-working 20-year-old striker Corey Gameiro (Fulham, England) and Socceroos forward Richard Garcia (Melbourne Heart) will up the ante in attack.
Skipper Alessandro Del Piero will also have plenty of midfield talent to link up with in the form of Rhyan Grant and Nick Carle, who has returned from his loan spell with UAE club Bani Ya.
The Sky Blues had a disappointing pre-season, culminating in a 3-0 spanking from Perth on Sunday.
But Bojic says the new faces can rehabilitate Sydney's reputation and propel them into a finals berth.
"But first and foremost we want to play good football. We want to build on last year," Bojic said.
"You're going to see a very entertaining style of football." - AAP