Melbourne City to embark on Manchester camp
- 07 July 2014 09:00
- Posted by @MCFC
Melbourne City will embark on a 17-day pre-season camp at Carrington this week, playing three pre-season matches against opposition based in the greater Manchester region.
Coaches and players set up camp at MCFC’s headquarters between July 8 – July 24, before returning to Australia ahead of the FFA Cup’s Round of 32 clash against Sydney FC.
Melbourne City will play three matches against English teams while on the camp; against Bury, Oldham Athletic, and a select side from Football League Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers.
The Australian squad will make extensive use of City’s know how, resources and technology in sport science, medical and performance analysis while being in the group’s headquarters in Manchester.
Melbourne City Head Coach John van’t Schip will travel with a full squad for the camp, while recent signing Damien Duff will join his new club in Manchester. Duff, who played 100 times for the Republic of Ireland, signed on a one-year deal for Melbourne City in early June.
Van’t Schip expects his squad to gel further in the UK over the 17-day period.
“This tour will form an important part of our pre-season and it is a great opportunity to prepare for the A-League season, utilising the exceptional facilities in Manchester, which are of Premier League standard,” van’t Schip said.
“It also presents us with a great opportunity to play teams from the English leagues, for our squad to gain fitness and experience, and to ensure we are progressing well ahead of our season.
“It is unique for teams in the A-League to have this kind of opportunity, so we are looking forward to forming further bonds with Manchester City and the whole City Football organization.”
Jason Hoffman, an inaugural player at the Club, said the camp would help the raise the bar in the Club’s preparations for the upcoming 2014/15 season.
“It’s going to be a great experience for the whole team to go over to Manchester and to use what is a top class training facility and world class technology and know-how,” Hoffman said.
“We’ve got some great matches lined up against some quality opponents and as a group it will be a great experience for us to prepare in the best possible way for the A-League season and the FFA Cup.”
Melbourne City will face Bury in a behind-closed-doors match at the facility during the camp.
The Club will then play the first of two open matches against Oldham Athletic FC at Boundary Park, Oldham, on Saturday 19 July at 3pm (BST).
The second open match will be against a Bolton Wanderers XI at the County Ground, Leyland, which commences at 7.30pm (BST) on Wednesday 23 July.