Avid soccer players from around the region including Forbes, Grenfell, Young and Cowra have come together to form teams in the Lachlan United representative club.
Lachlan United have been able to field teams in the under 10 boys, under 11 boys, under 12 girls, under 13 boys, under 14 boys, under 14 girls and under 16 girls 2022 soccer competition.
Local coach Doug Mckenzie has described the make up of the squads a first as this is the first year that players from across the region have joined.
Mr Mckenzie said this year they will have truly combined squads, though they have had players come from Parkes, Young, Grenfell and Cowra in previous years, but not in this volume.
The Lachlan United squads for the 2022 season were formed near the end of last season so the players have been able to train together once or twice a month into the new year.
With the start of the new year, their training is expected to pick up to prepare for the the upcoming Western Youth League competition set to begin on Sunday April 24.
While the first round of the Western Youth League competition doesn't start until the end of April, Mr Mckenzie said they have some games to prepare for prior to that.
A big focus currently is for the under 14 girls squad, who are to compete in a two day competition on February 12-13 against Newcastle's Adamstown Rosebud Football Club, Sydney's Marconi Stallions Football Club and Northern Sydney's Northbridge Football Club.
Mr Mckenzie is confident of Lachlan United's chances, despite the challenging teams that they will come up against in the competition.
He puts it down to the team's good run last year, particularly their record against Western Youth League powerhouse Dubbo.
Despite losing their first game against Dubbo last year, they were able to walk away with a draw in their second encounter. In the squad's final encounter with Dubbo at the grand final, the main match ended in a draw, with Lachlan United eventually losing in the penalty shootout.
Lachlan United are training for this season at Grenfell, Mr Mckenzie said, as it provides a mid-point for most of the players.
The Western Youth League competition will feature teams from Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Mudgee, Lithgow and Lachlan United.
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