Breeze sees many positives for Bendigo

FC Bendigo's stars step under the glare of the Tom Flood Sports Centre lights for Saturday night's clashes with Moreland Zebras.

It's the first time Bendigo will play a National Premier League division one match on home turf.

Despite defeats in the opening two rounds, Bendigo team-mates Matt Breeze and Zac Kinsman are confident of netting the senior team's first points against the Zebras.

A key player in central midfield, Breeze joined Bendigo after playing in Brisbane last season.

Breeze's career included stints at West Bromwich and Peterborough.

"I was thinking about returning to England when I got the call from Steve Martin (FC Bendigo's playing coach) about playing here.

"It's been a great challenge. Saturday night is a really big one for the club," Breeze said.

"We are banking on a lot of hometown support," he said of Bendigo's historic hit-out.

"I see Bendigo as being a sleeping giant of the game," said the 21-year-old.

Homegrown talent such as Kinsman have jumped at the chance to test themselves at a higher level.

"Premier League is a fantastic opportunity," said Kinsman, who has played both matches for Bendigo's under-20 team and was on the bench for the senior team last round against Whittlesea.

"To be in a squad with players like Matt (Breeze) has really helped me a lot. It's early days, but my skills are improving each game and training session."

Kinsman, 22, first played soccer with White Hills when he was five.

A striker with Colts United, Kinsman had playing stints at Strathdale and Epsom.

"These matches are the biggest I will have played in Bendigo," Kinsman said.

The day's play on the Barnard Street pitch kicks off with the under-20s at 4.45pm. The senior game starts at 7pm. 

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