Woden-Weston FC aiming for long-term success in the National Premier League
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Woden-Weston FC aiming for long-term success in the National Premier League

Woden-Weston FC coach Miro Trninic wants to capitalise on the region's vast junior base and cultivate long-term success in the National Premier League.

The joint venture will unveil its new home ground for the first time when it hosts Tuggeranong United in the south-side derby at Woden Park on Friday night.

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He has added players from Canberra City, which didn't have its NPL licence renewed, the Monaro Panthers and Weston Creek.

The long-term goal is to bring through the talented junior base from the Woden Valley region into the senior ranks.

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"We are a club that has close to 3,500 registered players and to me it was a good challenge," Trninic said.

"The problem with this club was that the kids are good when they come into the first team, then they leave for a few dollars more.

"We just try to build something and consolidate for the future."

Woden-Weston FC made an encouraging start in the NPL with a narrow 2-1 loss to reigning league champions, the Cooma Tigers, in the opening round a fortnight ago.

Trninic joins Woden-Weston FC after nearly a decade in the ACT coaching ranks, having had three separate stints with Canberra FC (2003-05, 2009 and 2012-13) and Queanbeyan City (2006-07).

Woden-Weston FC will also face Tuggeranong United in the fourth round of qualifying for the FFA Cup on May 4.

Meanwhile, in this weekend's other Capital Football NPL games on Saturday, the FFA Centre of Excellence takes on Gungahlin United and Belconnen United hosts Canberra Olympic, while Canberra FC travels to Cooma on Sunday for a clash with Tigers FC.

Capital Football National Premier League: Men: Round Three: Woden-Weston FC v Tuggeranong United at Woden Park on Friday, 7.20pm. FFA Centre of Excellence v Gungahlin United at AIS Grass Fields on Saturday, 3pm. Belconnen United v Canberra Olympic at McKellar Park on Saturday, 5.30pm. Tigers FC v Canberra FC at Nijong Oval on Sunday, 3pm.