LOCAL Bathurst District Football seniors and juniors have a start date and the Western Premier League knows when it'll kick-off, however, Western NSW FC remains in the dark about its 2020 campaign.
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Western coach Mark Rooke said the club has still not received any news from Football NSW about when the National Premier Leagues (NPL) will get underway this season.
He said the men's team returned to training several weeks ago but all he and his players want is a kick-off date for the NSW NPL4
"We don't have a start date at the moment, which is extremely frustrating," he said.
"We're back at training and we've been back at training since we could go back. It's been three weeks now, which has been fantastic.
"The guys have been really enthusiastic and keen to get back into it. They're just looking for a start date.
"At the moment, we're waiting for Football NSW to give all competitions a start date for NPL competitions. We're just hoping that comes soon."
NSW NPL4 played just two rounds before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the competition back in March.
Western suffered a 6-2 defeat to Parramatta FC in the opening round at Lithgow on March 7, before snatching a 2-all draw with Camden Tigers at the Ron Dine Stadium on March 14.
Rooke admitted it's frustrating that NPL4 has not got a start date, when many other federations outside of NSW have been given one.
"It is frustrating because we hear throughout all the other states and federations that they've all basically got a start date for back to football," he said.
"Pretty much all of them are starting on the second weekend in July and heading through to October.
"It be nice to have something to work towards, to get the guys minds into some game time and to win some football matches. Whatever shape the competition takes this year, we'll make sure we perform at our best."
Rooke is confident the season will go ahead.
"I have absolutely no idea why it would get called off when all the restrictions are being relaxed," he said.
"The only thing is that some of the NPL1 clubs don't seem to be too keen to go back."
Rooke said Western are only likely to lose one player - Tom Miller.
"He goes to university and started this year but he's from up near the Queensland border and he's just not getting a true indication of when he's allowed back on campus with his course," he said.
"The latest indication is that he might not be back until late October, which would mean he would miss out on the competition.
"He don't know what form it'll look like, so he may be back at some stage but other than that, everyone else has indicated they'll be back playing, keen to go."
The Western Premier League is expected to make its long awaited return on the weekend of July 11-12, while Bathurst District Football intends to get its senior competitions underway on July 5, its under 12s-17s on July 5 and its under 6s-11s on July 18.
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