20/04/2024

Is Macarthur's FFA Cup success indicative of a big season to come? (Photo: Macarthur FC; Design: Will Cuckson)

Macarthur’s 2021/22 campaign is one it will be happy to leave in the rear-view mirror. With a new coach, some new players, and new tactics, the cowbells should be ringing loudly in Campbelltown.

Last season:

Seventh (nine wins, six draws, 11 losses)

It was a tough season for Macarthur after amassing 13 points from its opening five games (four wins, one draw).

A topsy-turvy remainder to the season that saw it miss out on a finals spot by six points and saw coach Ante Milicic walk away from coaching the side.

A big rebound season will be needed by Macarthur, which will be expecting big things having made it to the semi-finals in its inaugural A-League Men season.

Biggest in:

The biggest in for Macarthur is not on the playing field, but in the coaching staff, with Dwight Yorke taking on the coaching reins.

What has been seen already is that Macarthur is playing a more attacking style of football, generating chances with regularity and looking a lot more comfortable on the pitch.

All of this is thanks to Yorke, and the results for Macarthur, whether good or bad, will come down to what ‘All Night Dwight’ delivers from the bench.

Biggest out:

Lewis Miller, who secured a transfer to Scottish side Hibernian, stands out as the biggest departure for Macarthur.

The departure of Miller leaves a massive hole in the backline. Expect his absence to be covered by Matt Millar, who has been excited for his return to the A-League Men’s competition

Macarthur gave up the second most goals in 2021/22, conceding 47. This was only two behind the Wellington Phoenix.

Some stability at the back will be desperately needed to avoid blow-outs this season.

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What to expect:

As mentioned previously, Yorke has got Macarthur playing a far more attacking brand of football already.

Although the side has only had one hit out so far against A-League Men opposition during its run to the Australia Cup final (a 2-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix), the Bulls have looked far better than at most points throughout last season under Milicic.

Some key players that stand out and will be crucial to success are Filip Kurto in the net, Daniel Arzani in the midfield, and Ulises Davila in attack.

Youth prospect Jesper Webber, who had a fantastic season at NPL Level with the Wanderers academy side in the FNSW League One Men’s competition and Northbridge Bulls in the NPL NSW Men’s competition after transferring mid-season, will stand out if given the opportunity to play under Yorke.

Starting XI

The Inner Sanctum’s predicted Macarthur starting XI. (Design: Will Cuckson)

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