Olympic FC Captain, Steve Whyte says his side are buzzing to back in front of home fans at Goodwin Park on Sunday night (6pm KO).
After 147 days away, Olympic are finally back in NPL Queensland action at home when they play host to cross-town rivals, Brisbane Strikers.
“It’s great to be back in front of our supporters after four months away, hopefully we see plenty of them here and can put on a good show,” Whyte said.
Olympic have enjoyed a winning return to post-COVID NPL Queensland action, running out victorious against Capalaba and Sunshine Coast Wanderers since the restart in recent weeks.
Whyte said the togetherness of the group coming out of a tough period was proving to be a key factor as they aim to build some winning momentum.
“COVID has hit our club pretty hard and everyone was given an option if they wanted to stay or move on, the boys that have stayed have put their hands up to do so for the right reasons,” Whyte said.
“We’re all in this together, sticking with each other. The unity of the group is probably as strong as it’s ever been.”
For Whyte, the silver lining of the pandemic enforced league shutdown has been the opportunity to recover from a serious ankle injury that restricted him to just two substitute appearances in the first six rounds of the season.
Post-COVID the Olympic skipper has played the full 90 minutes in each of Olympic’s matches since the leagues resumption.
“I had a pretty serious injury at the start of the season that saw me miss the whole of pre-season and the first few rounds of the NPL,” Whyte said.
“It’s good to be back part of the team after a long period out, I’m loving being back and am raring to go.
“I want to make the most of the opportunity and make sure we finish as strongly as possible.
“We’re ready to put everything we’ve got into these games and will leave nothing behind,” Whyte concluded.
NPL Queensland: Round 23 – Olympic FC vs Brisbane Strikers
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, August 9 (6pm KO)