There's plenty to be excited about as Brisbane Roar fan with just less than three weeks remaining until the opening round of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, according to young forward Dylan Wenzel-Halls.
The 2018/19 Breakthrough Player of the Year marked his return from an injury suffered earlier in pre-season with a second-half brace as the Roar defeated a Wide Bay Select 4-1 at a packed Fraser Coast Sports & Recreation Precinct on Saturday night, rounding out the squad's trip to the Fraser Coast region
The 21-year-old says it's a delight to be back on the park and finding the back of the net.
“I’m always happy to contribute to goals, whether that’s a training game or a [Hyundai] A-League game, so it was good to score and I felt good out there," Wenzel-Halls said post-game.
“Hopefully as a team we can build on this and take the positives as we continue to build for the season.”
The Roar returned to Logan Metro Sports Park today, continuing to build ahead of the October 13 opener out west against defending Premiers Perth Glory, following a positive time away in Hervey Bay
Wenzel-Halls, who bagged five goals in his maiden Hyundai A-League campaign, added the trip was a great bonding opportunity for the squad, which consists of a number of faces preparing for their maiden season down under.
“It was a good week away, we trained really hard as is expected in pre-season, it’s a nice place everyone’s been welcoming,” he said.
“No matter where you go it’s a good opportunity to mix with each other and have that little bit of banter with your roommates - having coffee and playing cards. You come away and work really hard - I think it brings the group together.
“We’ve got a really good bunch of guys out there that are all willing to work for one another, the Club and the boss so I think these trips away are great for the team morale.”
The Roar will round out their pre-season with clashes against NPL QLD outfits Gold Coast Knights and Peninsula Power FC before taking on Perth Glory on October 13
With the new season fast approaching, Wenzel-Halls says excitement around the Club is sky high.
“With three weeks to go we’re all excited for the season coming and I think Queensland should be excited. We’ve got a new boss on board, a new bunch of boys, it’s a different atmosphere, a different vibe at training," he added.
“We’re just looking to keep building on what we’re doing, we’ve got a couple of tough pre-season games coming up still that we’re going to look to win and give our all to give ourselves the best opportunity to start the season well.”