Corrimal coach Jason Davkovski knows it will take time for his revamped Rangers squad to gel, but hopes they can take a step in the right direction in their Fraternity Club Cup opener against Cringila Lions on Thursday.
The fixture will mark the beginning of the pre-season competition for Illawarra Premier League clubs and will be played after Bellambi versus Thirroul at Crehan Park.
It will also be Davkovski first official game of Illawarra football at the helm of the Rangers. He has taken over from stand-in coach Gavin O’Brien in the off-season and is keen to test his squad against the Lions.
"We just want to start gelling and finding a good rhythm," Davkovski said.
"Every club is going to chop and change a bit in the pre-season and we have some guys who won't be available, but hopefully we can learn a bit."
Corrimal dipped into the player market in the off-season, with several new additions, including Angelo Hajittofi (Wollongong United), Daniel Arcaba (Fury), Van Elia (Fury) and Josh Gersbach (Parramatta) all arriving at the club.
"A couple of that squad of survived but other than that we have a whole new squad," Davkovski said.
'Both of our VISA players won't be available but we should have about six of the new guys playing on Thursday."
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