After an up and down season in which they were successful without winning any silverware, Adelaide United are optimistic about the upcoming season.
The Reds made the Asian Champions League and the A-League Grand Final in the 2008/09 season but failed to win anything and are hoping to turn that around next term.
Coach Aurelio Vidmar kicked off pre-season training today with a low intensity session to get the players ready for the tough workload in front of them.
“Typically with pre season, you start fresh, feel fresh and are ready to go,” Vidmar said.
“This week will be nice and easy and then the following week we’ll get into it, so we’ll do a little bit of baseline testing just to see where they’re at and then take it from there.”
With three signings including former Sydney FC defender Iain Fyfe, ex-Drogheda United midfielder Adam Hughes and youth team star Michael Marrone added to the list, Vidmar still has some squad tightening to do.
“We’re still a little way to go but we’ve made certain steps moving forward with a couple of players that we’re trying to sign,” Vidmar added.
“But with all negotiations, it takes a little bit of time.
“It was a really tough season last year but we’ve had a little bit of a break and I got to spend a week with the Socceroos as well which was really good.
“Obviously it’s going to be a more challenging season but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”