BATHURST soccer graduate Rhyan Grant and his Sydney FC team-mates have not enjoyed the best of pre-season campaigns, but coach Frank Farina insists his team will perform in their A-League season opener.
The Sky Blues ended their preparations for the new campaign with a 3-0 loss to Perth Glory on Sunday, which raised questions over their readiness for their opener at home against Newcastle Jets on October 11.
It was their four successive defeat and left Sydney still searching for their first win since returning from their six-game tour of Italy in late August.
They have since conceded 10 goals and scored two in their four friendly games.
Grant bagged one of those goals while on tour with Italy - in Sydney FC’s 2-1 loss to Sagan Tosu - but he has not played in the three pre-season matches the Sky Blues have contested on home soil.
The second goal came from another player who used to call Bathurst’s Alec Lamberton Field home turf, Jacob Tratt finding the mark against St George.
Farina shrugged off concerns regarding Sydney FC’s form and said their gruelling preparations affected the players in recent matches.
“Players are probably a little bit flat from a long pre-season but, as I said, the important thing is from when we start,’’ Farina said.