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No footballers wants to kick off any new year with an injury or operation, but unfortunately for Blacktown City FC’s trusty number one shotstopper Tristan Prendergast, this was the case.

The 26-year-old last week had a shoulder reconstruction at the Sydney Adventist Hospital following a dislocation the keeper had received a few years ago, which will sideline one of the best National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s goalkeepers for up to four months.

“I had a few things that I needed to fix up from a dislocation I copped a few years ago which required a shoulder reconstruction, so it had to be done,” Prendergast told Football NSW.

“I am looking at around four months to be sidelined but I am hoping to return around June but that will all depend on how my rehabilitation goes.”

Mark Crittenden’s reliable number one will be missed but this will gift an opportunity to 22-year-old Dylan Niski who will step into the big shoes left by Prendergast.

“We’ve got Dylan who is more than capable and ready to step into the team. I honestly have no doubts that he will do a fantastic job.

“We’ve also got two young lads Robbo and Hendo who are also ones to watch out for.

“It’s right to say that the keeper’s union at Blacktown City is in safe hands.”

Having signed at City in 2015, the Landscaper by trade, currently in his eighth season with the club, stated that there are many positives hailing out from one of the most feared NPL NSW Men’s clubs with Blacktown set to unearth some huge initiatives moving forward.

“First and foremost I am very confident in the squad we have assembled this year.

“We are here to win the NPL NSW Men’s competition again and we have a quality squad with great depth in every position to do so. It’s an exciting squad to be a part of that’s for sure.

“With the new Board and the changes they’re bringing off the pitch, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Blacktown City player and supporter.”

Football NSW would like to wish Tristan a speedy recovery.

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