Mile Sterjovski has received a nice little boost ahead of his first game in charge of Macarthur FC when they host Western United this Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium.
The re-signing of talented 21 year old midfielder Jake Hollman is a positive move, both in the short and long term.
But Sterjovski’s side will still need to work hard to overcome a statistic that does not make for pleasant reading for the Bulls camp: Macarthur FC have won just three of their last nine A-League games at Campbelltown.
If you’d like to turn your home ground into a fortress it starts with winning as many games as possible.
It will be interesting to see how the new Bulls coach approaches his first game against a side that’s red hot, having won their past three games.
Macarthur FC, despite some recent wobbles – two defeats on the trot – are sixth on the ladder after 13 rounds and 17 points in the bag.
Their opponents are in ninth spot with 15 points, which makes this round 14 clash even more important for both.
Hopefully Jake Hollman will celebrate his contract extension with a top notch performance on Saturday – and a Bulls victory lap.
Hollman will remain in South Western Sydney until 2025 after signing a two-year contract extension.
He turned down a handful of other options in favour of remaining with the club that gave him his first chance in the A-League.
His new contract will bring his spell at Macarthur FC to five seasons.
A member of the inaugural season in 2020, Hollman worked his way into becoming a regular in the A-League.
“It was the first club I played professionally for, and they gave me an opportunity, so it feels great to stay at home and extend for another two years,” Hollman said.
Equally adept at centre-midfield, defensive midfield or in a more advanced attacking role, Hollman is regarded as one of the key players of the Bulls’ future.
“He’s been here since day one, he’s one of our inaugural players and we are looking forward to his further development,’’ says Macarthur FC chief executive Sam Krslovic.
Macarthur FC v Western United, Saturday, January 28, 5pm kick off, Campbelltown Stadium.