BENDIGO'S sporting landscape welcomes a new player when FC Bendigo takes to the Tom Flood Sports Centre pitch for Saturday night's soccer clash.
Win, draw, or dare we say it, lose, Bendigo's newest sporting club is set to mark a new era for the code.
Just as the Bendigo Diggers, Bombers and now Gold have done, FC Bendigo provides opportunities for the region's soccer stars to strut their stuff on a bigger stage.
FC Bendigo is yet to win, but has shown plenty of fight and skill in its two away games.
FC Bendigo has shown plenty of fight and skill in its two away games in the National Premier League Victoria.
Now it's central Victoria's chance to get behind the club in its first contest on the Barnard Street turf.
FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin, the players and support staff are confident the region's soccer fans will turn out in force.
It's a chance to see homegrown products such as Trent Waterson and Steve Martin who went to Melbourne to ply their trade now playing for Bendigo.
Englishman Matt Breeze and Bendigo's Zac Kinsman, pictured, are also determined to make their mark, not just in round three, but as the National Premier League Victoria division one season rolls on.
What a memorable night this could be for the game.