TOP SCORE: Steve Mackney from Football Far North Coast, Lismore City Centre manager Katie O’Rourke and Council events manager John Bancroft celebrate the coming of the Melbourne Hearts.
TOP SCORE: Steve Mackney from Football Far North Coast, Lismore City Centre manager Katie O’Rourke and Council events manager John Bancroft celebrate the coming of the Melbourne Hearts.

Melbourne Heart come to the heart

A-LEAGUE'S Melbourne Heart FC will be spending their pre-season in Lismore.

The team is coached by former Socceroo John Aloisi, who is best remembered as the player who scored the winning penalty against Uruguay to secure Australia's place in the 2006 World Cup.

Lismore soccer aficionados may be able to see Melbourne Heart's new international line-up play a friendly match against a local team.

A group of 30 players and support will arrive in Lismore on August 26, and Lismore City Council's events coordinator John Bancroft said the week-long visit may also include soccer clinics and visits to local schools.

Mr Bancroft added that the visit is expected to bring "not only economical benefits for the city, but also a social and sports element".

Mr Bancroft said it was Melbourne Heart FC who contacted Council in order to have their pre-season in town.

One of the new stars of the Melbourne Heart FC as its key attacking weapon for the A-League 2012/13 season is former Dinamo Zagreb striker Josip Tadic. Tadic, 24, is Heart's latest recruit, following the arrivals of Liberian international Patrick Gerhardt, defender Steven Gray, Young Socceroo Golgol Mebrahtu and two-time A-League champion Andrew Redmayne.

Confirmation on whether we will see Melbourne Heart play a local team will be released next week.


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