YENDA Tigers president Jason Wood is confident the returning first grade outfit will be competitive this season after a three-year hiatus.
The side had its first pre-season trial match on Sunday against Yoogali Football Club, and came away with a 2-2 draw in scorching conditions.
Luke Foscarini and Riaan Bank were the goalscorers as the Tigers came back from 1-0 down to take the lead, only to let it slip in the latter stages of the match.
"We were very happy with the result for our first game together," president Jason Wood said.
"I'm sure they were probably missing a few players but we had a couple missing as well.
"Obviously there's a fair bit of work to be done still.
"We can't get too excited, it's still early days but it was an ideal first hitout for a club that hasn't had a first grade team for three years."
Overseas players make up the majority of the Yenda squad, with a selection of former West Griffith SC players the "driving force" behind getting the team together, Wood said.
Henry Nelson has been appointed first grade coach while the likes of James Trevers and Matt Arnold bring Regional Premier League experience to the Tigers.
"We're very happy with where it's all at and how it's come together," Wood said.
"We'll definitely be competitive."
But Yenda will take a weakened squad into the inaugural Real Juice Cup knockout this weekend.
"We weren't expecting to play so we've got five blokes going to the Grand Prix in Melbourne," Wood said.
"But we'll go in it to support the competition because it's a great idea."