The Rockdale City Suns have one ambition: To win the title

Squad: The Rockdale Ilinden senior team is presented with their 2021 club shirts at the season launch. Picture: John Veage
Squad: The Rockdale Ilinden senior team is presented with their 2021 club shirts at the season launch. Picture: John Veage

The Rockdale City Suns have launched their senior squad's 2021 NPL campaign, and they have only one ambition, to win the title.

Last year was a historic season for Rockdale Illinden as they finished the season in first place to end a 51-year wait for a premiership title,

After 12 weeks, the National Premier Leagues NSW Men's competition came down to the decider. The grand final.

The biggest game of the season with fierce rivals Rockdale Ilinden FC and Sydney United 58 going head to head for glory.

But It wasn't to be a fairy tale finish for the Suns as United broke their 14-year Grand Final hoodoo with a 4-3 triumph on penalties against the Premiers.

2021 is a new season and Rockdale Illinden kicks off its NPL NSW Men's campaign hosting the Wollongong Wolves at the Illinden Sports Centre on Sunday 28th of February at 3pm.

Rockdale Ilinden coach Steven Zoric hopes to build momentum on last years results, unearthing five new faces that will call the Ilinden Sports Centre home in 2021.

"2020 was a brilliant season, but it's over and now we have to build on it for this year," Zoric said

"Everyone's worked hard and the squad is ready-we are going to do the double.

Addressing the under 20 squad Zoric said they might not think it, but the coaches are always watching them.

"You have to fit the character of the team. Talent will only get you so far. You have to play for the badge on your chest.

"Were not scared to give you young guys a go."

Quality former Blacktown City FC midfielder Daniel Araujo will bolster the club's midfield stocks, as will Bai Antoniou, who returns to the club following his time with Sydney Olympic in 2020.

Rising sharpshooter James Temelkovski moved from the Sutherland Sharks, while Zoric has also welcomed former Northbridge defender Zac Sfiligoi and goalkeeper Enol Ordonez Suarez.

Boosting some quality names from its 2020 season, NSW Blues representatives David Bradasevic, Banri Kanaizumi, Tomoki Wada and Alec Urosevski have all resigned with Rockdale.

Inspirational club skipper Daniel Petkovski and familiar faces Micky Neill, Mitchell Stamatellis, Nicola Taneski, Amaury Gauthier, Brayden Sorge, Mo Ahmed, Sam Gulisano, Patrick Savor and Kyle Cimenti have also penned deals with the club.

It's been an emotional few weeks for Rockdale, who tragically lost one of its most loved footballers in Idriss El Hafiane, with the club officially stating that the number 12 he so proudly wore will be left vacant in memory and respect for the midfielder.

Rockdale president Dennis Loether welcomed all the new and returning players saying their ambition is clear.

"Play to your ability-play with passion and success will follow."