Mike Harkness took over as manager for the 2007 season. The former Cumberland United, West Adelaide Sharks, Sorrento FC, Stenhousemuir, Arbroath and Motherwell goalkeeper brought new ideas and a fresh vision to the club. Under his guidance the club was promoted to the Premier League for season 2008 at the first time of asking.
The club came as runners up to Adelaide Comets in a season which could very well have seen them win their fourth championship as they lost it in the final weeks of the season by a single point. 2008 saw a similar struggle but at the other end of the table and the Club was relegated to the State League in the final round of the season.
2009 saw a consolidation of the Club under the guidance of Steve Young (Chairman) and a coaching trio of Noarlunga stalwarts (Lloyd Roberts, David Foy & Colin Bolto). At the end of the season, the Club narrowly missed the Final series.