Melbourne City will make big changes this season with several key players set to leave and others joining up with the club on loan.
With the departures of defender Scott Malone and defender Michael Maguire, coach Justin Merrett will have a major task to fill.
A big part of that will be the recruitment of key players to the squad.
“We’ve got to get some players who are going to be coming on and then we’ll be looking for the next generation of players,” Merrett said.
The players that we’re targeting are players that have proven their worth and they’re players that are going have to do that in their first year or two.”””
We’ve had a number of guys in the past who were good in the first two years but we have to get those guys back and get them fit again and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The players that we’re targeting are players that have proven their worth and they’re players that are going have to do that in their first year or two.””
We’ll have to see what we’ve got in the pipeline and where we can fit that in.
“Maguire and Maguires departures are not only disappointing for the City academy but for the players in the squad as well.
Merrett said: “I’m very disappointed that we lost Scott and Michael but we’ve been looking at the players who have been there and who are ready to go and I’m very confident they’re ready to come in.”
The arrival of the loanee, striker Scott Malone, will help Merrett get his team up to speed.”
“I think he’ll help us improve and we’ll see how that goes.””
Hopefully he’ll bring a lot of excitement to the club and help us grow and improve.””
I think he’ll help us improve and we’ll see how that goes.”
Hopefully he’ll bring a lot of excitement to the club and help us grow and improve.
“With two new signings in the frame, Merrett has a strong squad and will look to strengthen the squad going forward.
The Lions are still in the race for promotion to the A-League, but are in the thick of it.
They play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and will return to their home ground on Wednesday for a three-game home stand against Melbourne City, Central Coast Mariners and the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Tigers will play Adelaide United at the MCG on Saturday.
The next game will be a home clash against the Sydney FC.