FIVE rounds into the 2017 season Echuca United is right back where it wants to be.
It sits inside the top four, ahead of cross-town rival Moama on the Murray Football League ladder.
But it is still very early in the season, and the side knows it has many difficult challenges to come should it want to return to finals football this year.
‘‘There’s nothing like seeing that reward for effort,’’ United coach Guy Campbell said.
‘‘We are inside the top four, but each week we need to keep looking at the things we’ve done and think ‘let’s keep improving’.’’
This weekend’s trip to Cobram is an opportunity for the Eagles to continue their good form and to make it four wins in a row.
Cobram has been up and down to start the year, and it was soundly beaten by Nathalia in its last game before the interleague break going down by 162 points.
The Tigers enter the game with a 2-3 win-loss record but the Eagles would feel confident they should win the game.
‘‘We’re very unsure what to expect from them, but we haven’t focused on our opponents too much,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘We’ll be treating them with a great deal of respect, and making sure everything we want to do is in place.’’
United had four of its stars in Murray’s interleague squad with Farran Priest, Zac Mihocek, Nick Denahy and Phil Hubbard part of the 22-point win against Wimmera last Saturday.
Campbell said the players had returned to the squad in great shape, with the rest of the list freshened and ready to go.
‘‘Training has been very good, history says it can be a week to put things to one side and go slow in training, but to the boys credit they have been up and about,’’ he said.
In his first season as coach of United, Campbell said the side was developing about as well as he could have hoped for.
‘‘You always hope for that sort of thing, the boys are coming together quite quick,’’ he said.
‘‘Whether or not we can keep that going, that’s the challenge but we’re rapt with how things are going.’’