Head Coach, Tony Popovic, has welcomed ten new signings and re-signings to the Club in the last two weeks as Melbourne Victory continues to prepare for the 2021/22 A-League season.
Popovic and his Assistant Coaches, Luciano Trani and Fabrizio Cammarata, conducted their first training session on Wednesday morning as the squad began its preparation for the new season.
Victory’s Head Coach has detailed the roles of the newly contracted players.
On Wednesday, Victory announced that Robbie Kruse had signed a contract extension with the Club.
“Robbie has great qualities and a lot to offer to the squad,” Popovic said.
“He has had a fantastic career, having played in Europe and for the Socceroos and this experience will be invaluable to the team.
“Robbie is very determined to show he has more to give to the team as well as Melbourne Victory’s members and fans and I believe he will play an important role this season.”
On Wednesday, Victory’s members and fans welcomed the arrival of Chris Ikonomidis who signed a three-year contract.
“Another Australian and another long-term deal we want to build the team around,” said Popovic.
“His qualities are undoubtable, and he has an ambition which is great to see as a coach.
“When you watch him play, with the enthusiasm that he has, he just loves the game,” said the Head Coach.
Central defender, Matthew Spiranovic announced his return to football on Tuesday, signing a one-year deal with Victory.
“I have worked with Matty twice, first at the Wanderers and again at Perth, where we had success.
“He is a great player but is also a wonderful person. He is a leader, he has a presence about him and I’m sure he will bring that to the Club,” said Popovic.
“He has had an absence from the game, but after meeting him I can see his passion. He has missed football and wants to play the game he loves.”
Asian Cup winner, Jason Davidson will also be working with Popovic again for the upcoming A-League season.
“He’s a great professional and we worked together for a year at Perth,” said Popovic.
“He had an opportunity to play in South Korea and he is now coming home.
“We’re trying to build a group of Australian players who can be the foundation of the Club and Davidson is another part of that puzzle.”
*All relevant workplace guidelines in place in Victoria relating to COVID-19 have been followed in the authorised activation of MVFC training session.