Recap: AAMI Park and player signings

Melbourne Victory’s members and fans have experienced a busy week in the Club’s history with news on AAMI Park, player signings and re-signings.

Head Coach, Tony Popovic is set to welcome the A-League squad back to training next week, with on-field preparations set to resume on Wednesday, July 21.

Here’s a reminder of the latest Club news:

AAMI Park

On Tuesday, Victory announced that every A-League home match will be played at AAMI Park from next season onwards.

Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie, shared her excitement in a letter to Victory’s members and fans.

“This is a watershed moment for the Club,” Carnegie said.  

“We have our offices, training and other facilities all located out of this purpose-built football stadium and now we are truly excited to be bringing ALL our matches home!”

Victory also confirmed a return to a traditional membership model, ending the pay-as-you-go format which was in place last season.

Signings and re-signings

Jason Geria, Josh Brillante and Jason Davidson will all join the Club for the upcoming A-League season.

All three of Victory’s newest signings have represented Australia in their careers, adding leadership and quality to Popovic’s growing squad.

Geria returns to Melbourne having already made 107 appearances in navy blue, while Brillante and Davidson join from Xanthi FC and Ulsan Hyundai respectively. 

Talented young Aussie, Ben Folami signed a permanent contract with Melbourne, following the expiration of his loan deal in 2020/21.

Club legend, Leigh Broxham also penned a one-year extension with Victory adding invaluable leadership skills to a new-look squad.

Departures

On Thursday, Victory confirmed that Jacob Butterfield will not be continuing with the Club next season.  

The midfielder, who played 26 games last season, becomes the latest player to leave Melbourne following the departures of Rudy Gestede and Callum McManaman.