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  1. Andrew Redmayne

    Couldn't find a thread on him. Here's an interview with Redmayne that was posted online today: http://outside90.com/?p=921
  2. Tim Cahill

    deserves its own thread Melbourne City close to securing Tim Cahill for next season 12:00AM JUNE 17, 2016 Ray Gatt Melbourne City are understood to be on the verge of announcing the signing of Tim Cahill for next season’s A-League competition. In what would be a huge coup for the Victorian club and a landmark moment for the national league, sources suggest the deal to bring the Socceroos legend home is all but done. The move, revealed exclusively by The Australian last week, will see Cahill become the face of Australian soccer and provide a promotional and marketing boost to the profile of City and the A-League. It comes at a time when Football Federation Australia is in the middle of negotiating a new television broadcasting deal. The current deal, worth $160 million over four years, expires at the end of the 2016-17 season, and the head body, which has been experiencing some financial ­issues, is holding out hopes of doubling it. The Socceroos talisman will be a significant bargaining chip, especially if the deal includes a free-to-air component. Cahill, 37 in ­December, has been playing in China since last year, first with Shanghai Shenhua, where he scored 11 goals in 28 games, and lately with Hangzhou Greentown. Unfortunately, Hangzhou have been struggling this season and are sitting second from bottom with just nine points from 13 games and in danger of being relegated. Cahill has scored three goals in 11 games and provided several assists. It is understood the club will not take up an option to retain him when the Chinese transfer window opens on Monday. However, Cahill has attracted interested from several other Chinese Super League clubs, including cashed-up Shanghai SIPG, who are coached by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. It’s also believed there is interest from Major League Soccer in the US, and from English clubs. Melbourne City, who are backed by the City Football Group, owners of the Manchester City and New York City clubs, have been negotiating with ­Cahill for the past three months. The club is desperate to make an impact in the A-League and emerge from the shadow of bitter rivals Melbourne Victory, and view Cahill as the perfect marketing and promotional tool as well as being someone who can help them on the field. The club averaged home crowds of 11,000 last season, and Cahill, who is immensely popular among kids, could give them a significant boost in that area. The major stumbling block to City signing the Socceroo was removed last week when a meeting of A-League club chairmen voted to amend the guest player rule. Clubs were initially asked to allow for a third marquee but this was overruled. A compromise was reached regarding the signing of guest players so that City, who already have two marquees, could fit Cahill into their roster. Under normal circumstances, clubs can sign a guest player on a 14-game contract. However, under the amendment, they can now sign a player, provided he is deemed of the highest quality by FFA, for the entire season in what will be a one-off for next season. City are expected to soon announce the signing of a high-profile overseas player to join Bruno Fornaroli as their two marquees. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-city-close-to-securing-tim-cahill-for-next-season/news-story/8f9f8fb590aaa904f5804df0b416c178
  3. Bruce Kamau

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/a-league/teams/melbourne-city/melbourne-city-to-sign-adelaide-uniteds-aleague-grand-final-goalscorer-bruce-kamau/news-story/0a885267fe6c723608742034ceca69d6 Welcome!
  4. Luke Brattan

    LUKE BRATTAN TALKS GAFFER BANTER AND WEIGHT LOSS By Clement Tito Nov 12 2017 Warren Joyce knows how to find the balance when managing a team, according to Brattan. The message coming from Melbourne City this season is to tighten things up defensively after proving to be the league's entertainers over the years. City have conceded two goals in five games under Joyce and consistency is the main message coming from the boss, with Brattan impressed. Brattan said Joyce was “refreshing” for the playing group and also praised his sense of humour. “Warren is a fantastic coach, and he’s got pretty decent banter as well which is awesome,” Brattan told FourFourTwo. “I cop it a fair bit with some of the stuff I wear, he’s printed a few photos out of funny looking people that I apparently look like and he’s stuck them up around the place. “You just know every day, on the field he’s serious and then he’s got the banter. It’s very refreshing and a good balance.” Brattan made it no secret that he would like to be playing more and has so far come off the bench twice in the four games he has played. The midfielder was a regular starter for City last season, however he said he felt comfortable approaching Joyce to discuss any concerns he has. “There’s still that respect but I think having banter with the boys makes him a bit approachable and that’s what you need in a coach, you can’t be scared to go and talk to him,” he said. “I’m not playing as much at the moment, but I’m not intimidated to go and talk to him and I’ll know he’ll be honest with me. “We’ve started the season well, we’re well drilled and defending extremely well which was missing last year. “We just need to continue that now, it’s also not a long season so to start well is very important. We have to keep the standard high and he drives that.” Brattan said he feels in excellent condition, despite the battle he's facing to regain a regular spot. He's had a big year after the birth of his baby-daughter Amaya and the new challenge of juggling fatherhood with football. And he said he had to slim down before the start of the 2017/18 season. “Since last year I’ve lost about 8kg, so it’s a fair bit,” Brattan said. “I’m a bit lighter than I was at Brisbane, it’s allowed me to add a bit more to my game, I need to be super fit to play in the team and the style we play in the A-League as well as go to the next level. “The competition is getting better and better each year, so to keep up, my fitness has got to improve and I feel the best I’ve felt in a while, so I’m pretty happy. “Last year coming back from England, my weight was poor, then I returned in good shape this year and it was a lot easier to get to where I am now. “This year I really wanted to go to the next level and I looked after myself in the off-season. Having a baby might’ve had a bit to do with that, but I worked pretty hard so it was a good start. “I feel great, credit to the gaffer for working us so hard, but also to the medical staff who have worked wonders with me.” Brattan also admitted the Socceroos are on his mind going into a World Cup year. Despite being involved in senior camps he remains uncapped and in January he slammed himself, feeling he wasn't good enough for the team. Brattan said he needed to get some games going for City before he can even think about the national team. “I’m not going to say that I deserve to be there when I don’t,” he said. “I know Ange (Postecoglou) chooses the team on form and he’s not scared to make big decisions. “Hopefully we do make the World Cup, I get my chance and start playing club football. But at the moment, I’m nowhere near it because I’m not playing regularly here.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/luke-brattan-talks-gaffer-banter-and-weight-loss-477419
  5. The "Where are they now?" thread

    A highlights video of Novillo made a few weeks ago (FWIW made by a Thailand based sports agency whose CEO is an Australian seemingly from Melbourne):
  6. Melbourne City unlikely to make changes to its starting line-up for clash against Western Sydney David Davutovic November 11 2017 MELBOURNE City coach Warren Joyce says it’s time his starters received some praise for the form they have shown this season as he declares striker Ross McCormack is in the best shape he has been all season. MELBOURNE City boss Warren Joyce said it was time his starters earnt praise, hinting strongly that he would stick with his regulars for Sunday night’s clash with Western Sydney. City can regain top spot by beating the Wanderers at AAMI Park, after Sydney FC lost to Central Coast on Friday night. Joyce revealed that striker Ross McCormack had come off his sharpest week of training since arriving from Aston Villa, in a good sign for a City side that have found scoring goals more difficult than keeping it tight defensively. City’s star-studded subs Marcin Budzinski, Marcelo Carrusca and Neil Kilkenny have had plenty of airtime, Joyce said Nick Fitzgerald, Bruce Kamau and Stefan Mauk deserved credit for keeping them out. “I spend a lot of time talking about lads who are not playing rather than how well Fitzy and Mauk and Bruce are going,’’ Joyce said. “These three have impressed me since I walked through the door. The lads have done a fantastic job in the first four games. “All you want, when you come in with an open mind and blank canvas, you throw the same challenges down to the boys. “Players aren’t always happy, which you expect. Then it’s about conducting yourself. “Budzinksi, Carrucsca, Kilkenny, (Luke) Brattan and the young lads have been doing well. It’s great to watch, it’s good to have competition.” City hosts an unknown quantity, with former Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau leading the Wanderers for the first time. Osama Malik and Scott Jamieson return and despite a maiden loss of the season and Tim Cahill (Socceroos duty) absent, wholesale changes were unlikely. “We had a disjointed pre-season, we never played the same side. We’re in a building process,’’ Joyce said. “The only way players get to know and understand what others are doing is by playing together, building up relationships, understanding the runs they’re making. “Lots of teams that have played together for a while beforehand, they’ve had success. “There were different changes tactically and personnel (wise) that we were forced to make — it was a shame, we were on a good run, there wasn’t anything in the (Sydney FC loss last week).’’ http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-city-unlikely-to-make-changes-to-its-starting-lineup-for-clash-against-western-sydney/news-story/6682385c0737aa8b842670273e0442d8
  7. Tim Cahill

    FFA delays making a decision on whether Tim Cahill will travel to Honduras DAVID DAVUTOVIC Nov 4 2017 IS A Rolled ankle about to cost Australia a place at the World Cup? Tim Cahill and the Socceroos staff will wait until tomorrow morning to make a call on whether he flies to Honduras. Australia’s record goalscorer is being assessed by Melbourne City’s medical staff, and he will consult with them and the Socceroos medicos before Cahill and coach Ange Postecoglou make a call. The striker today received scan results which are believed to have cleared him of serious injury after he rolled his ankle in Friday night’s loss to Sydney FC. The ligament damage could leave him in doubt for Saturday morning’s first leg World Cup qualifying playoff against Honduras. Cahill, who is due to fly late Sunday morning, has spent much of the last 24 hours icing his ankle in a bid to keep the swelling down. “A decision will be taken on Sunday after the swelling subsides,” an FFA spokesman said “We won’t really know until then what the real situation is.” Cahill was forced from the field in Friday night’s 1-0 A-League loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park after landing awkwardly in attempting to hurdle Sky Blues defender Jordi Buijs. The 37-year-old was able to walk and put weight on the ankle but was whisked away to hospital for scans. Cahill was due to leave Melbourne on Sunday, a 30-hour journey involving three flights to arrive in San Pedro Sula. Given the inflammation involved with a rolled ankle, it’s not an ideal scenario for Cahill or the Socceroos’ hopes of qualifying for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Neither Cahill, his A-League club Melbourne City are commenting on the severity of the injury. Instead, Sydney FC and ex-Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has urged the country to cross fingers for the health Australia’s all-time leading scorer. Cahill missed City’s Saturday morning recovery session, opting to recuperate at home in an attempt to make his flights as planned. The avid social media user put a solitary quote on his Twitter and Instagram account, which reads ‘You become what you think. So think positively’. Cahill’s importance to the Socceroos was underlined in their most recent qualifier. The veteran scored twice and played the full 120 minutes in Australia’s second leg victory against Syria to set up the showdown with Honduras. It’s why Arnold, who coached Cahill as Socceroos boss a decade ago, has suggested Australian fans should say a little prayer. “Lets all keep our fingers crossed he’s OK,” Arnold said. “I just want us to qualify and we need our best team out there. ” Timmy’s our star. “You can’t give (enough) credit for someone who does so much for the country. “Against Syria, over 120 minutes, what he did was phenomenal. “I’m sure he’s OK. He’ll be ready at least for the return leg here in Australia.” The away leg with Honduras will be played on November 11, before the return tie in Sydney on November 15. Melbourne City coach Joyce defended his decision to give Cahill a first start of the season ahead of the crunch qualifiers. “Timmy’s desperate to play. He’s been training hard. It’s a big game. We’re trying to win a big game. That’s it,” he said. “The fact the national team coach (might have wanted him to rest) has got no bearing on it.” http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/socceroos/tim-cahill-injury-news-australia-socceroos-v-honduras/news-story/96663220201b1c306476454ce1e6778f
  8. The "Where are they now?" thread

    BBC now reporting Joe to be Arsenal Women’s Head Coach: http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/41859461
  9. MOTM Rd5 vs Sydney FC

    Voted Fitzgerald. Solid general play, and quality end-product: shot on goal, dangerous runs into the box (including one almost penalty), and some superb crossing (including one Ross should have got on the end of). I’d like to see Kamau produce more at the end of his attacks. If he produced as much end-product as Fitzy (like Kamau did in our first 2 games) then I’d be very pleased. Schenkeveld another good shout for MOTM. Flawless again.
  10. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    It seems the players and Joyce know just where we’re at. The defence is solid, but our attack is really 2nd rate ATM. No goals in open play in 3 games. No goals in open play at home (AAMI) in 2 games. In short, back to the drawing board with our midfield, and our plans on moving the ball up field and creating chances. We’ve played 5 games, we’ve built the defence, so now it’s time to establish an attacking plan (even if it’s a simple attacking plan [it doesn’t need to be Barca football, it just has to be effective]).
  11. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    CAHILL INJURY 'NO EXCUSE' SAYS MAUK By Staff Writer Nov 3 2017 Stefan Mauk has refused to blame Tim Cahill's early injury exit for the 1-0 loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday night. Cahill got his first start of the season, but only lasted 25 minutes after rolling in ankle in a clumsy challenge. A rare goal by Luke Wilkshire on the hour saw Sydney leap frog the home side to take the summit, ending coach Warren Joyce's four-game winning start at City. Mauk admitted losing Cahill was unsettling. "You're playing all week to do certain things and when a player like Timmy goes down it disrupts the team," he told Fox Sports. "But in saying that we had a great player coming on in Marcin (Budziński). I'm not going to use that as an excuse. We lost and it happens to every team." Cahill was taken to hospital for scans but before that he rallied the team at half time telling them "to keep going, fighting and doing everything to keep a clean sheet," Mauk said. "So he was in good spirits - I don't think it's too serious, I hope not. I guess we've just got to focus on next week." The 22-year-old midfielder said the outcome was an improvement on the last time the two teams met - City going down 2-0 in the FFA Cup - but he was far from satisfied. "Last time we were disappointing," he said. "We've been pretty good the last four games. I think tonight we probably weren't good enough on the ball. "Defensively I thought we were pretty good and beside their goal I didn't think they really had a chance and they're the champions - that was good in terms of that - but I think we need to be much better on the ball to create chances." https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/cahill-injury-no-excuse-says-mauk-476869
  12. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    Very interesting. It’s the first time McCormack and Cahill have played together I think. To be honest, in possession we haven’t been moving the ball through the centre of the pitch too well, so I’m pretty interested too see how we do with 442 with Cahill and McCormack up front, and team using the wide areas with Kamau and Fitzy.
  13. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    My prediction for the starting XI: Kamau McCormack Fitzgerald Budzinski Mauk Brattan Jakobsen La Rocca Schenkeveld Muscat Galekovic Pretty confident with that (the midfield is similar to the derby midfield). One or two surprises could be Jamieson being fit enough to start (then Jamo in, Jako to mid and Marcin to the bench), or Joyce making a defensive move, like keeping Jakobsen in midfield, and bringing Tongyik into the defence (and probably shuffling the back 4). For the record, I personally would be happy to see Kilkenny play. But based on the 4 selections so far, where the players with the most minutes have played again and again, I'm tipping Joyce to select a team like this.
  14. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Joe Montemurro reportedly has become the head coach of Arsenal's women's team:
  15. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    As far as i'm concerned, the more football the better. And at AAMI Park as well; no better place to watch any of Melbourne City's teams. I'm looking forward to a good full day of football.
  16. I just checked the records to make sure I'm not going batty: HOME 2-1 W (AAMI) 1-0 W (Morwell) 1-1 D (AAMI) 1-1 D (AAMI) 0-1 L (AAMI) [Aloisi] 2-2 D (AAMI) AWAY 2-2 D 0-2 L 1-3 L 2-3 L 0-1 L 0-5 w Alright our actual number of wins was lower than I thought. But still, we did only lose 1 game at AAMI during the Heart days, and it was Aloisi's last game. And we lost 4 games away to Wellington (66.666%), so comparatively we were significantly better at AAMI than away againt the Nix. However it is true that it is only in the City days that we have started actually winning consistently against the Nix at home, and I'm happy to see that our record against them has only been getting better over time.
  17. Welcome Ross McCormack

    McCormack open to A-League stay Ben McKay 23/10/2017 Melbourne City's match-winner Ross McCormack says he's open to staying on in the A-League beyond his short-term contract. The Scottish international, in Australia from English Championship club Aston Villa as an injury replacement for City skipper Bruno Fornaroli, scored the only goal in Saturday's win over Wellington Phoenix. "It's no secret it's not worked out (at Aston Villa). We'll see if there's anything that can be done - if I can stay here or I can go somewhere else on loan to play some more games or leave permanently," he said. https://au.sports.yahoo.com/football/a/37577417/mccormack-open-to-a-league-stay/
  18. Hopefully Joyce is laying the foundation, and the team and its style ATM aren't the finished product. I guess Graham Arnold and other coaches "build from the back" (sort out the team's defence first, then sort out the midfield and finally the attack/goals). It is a welcome change from the past, where I agree we conceded way too many goals and frankly the coach often disrespected that major part of football called "defending". I agree the team will get some attacking players back. In short, I think we need some attackers back. For example, right now who could replace Fitzgerald or Kamau (I think Jamieson did once..)? Over the the first 3 games our wingers have got the job done, but if one or both's form drops then we don't have replacements ATM. We really need the likes of a Brandan in the mix. But also I kinda disagree a little. With Cahill, Carrusca, Budzinski, Brattan now available most of our attackers are available. And the only "Plan B" I've seen is replacing McCormack with Cahill. If we saw something like a 4-4-2 (mid: Fitzgerald-Brattan-Malik-Kamau attack: Cahill-McCormack), then that would be a Plan B, that would really be a change of gears. That's definitely an attack at least worth trying out IMO, especially if we see more performances with our attack like yesterday's match. Overall I'm actually pretty optimistic about Warren Joyce. However, 3 games in tactics and selection -wise he maybe looks a little conservative to me. Maybe I'm just a little overeager in wanting to see our overall performance and specifically the attack prove. But in my defence, seeing Melbourne City at home only manage 3 shots on goal against Wellington--a team that the club and even Melbourne Heart has traditionally thumped--was pretty hard going yesterday.
  19. Really tough game to make an overall judgement about. All up, I'd say our defence continues to be excellent, and it's the best in the league (we've only conceded the 1 goal over 3 games, and the next best defence has conceded 4). Pretty much all of our defenders--La Rocca, Schenkeveld, Muscat, and others were the best performers on the weekend, and have consistently been MOTM contenders all season. Our attack is a different story. In short, our attack against Wellington was dour and disjointed. We only managed 8 shots all game, and 3 shots on target. 64.8% passing in the opposition half (Wellington were 10% better). 18 crosses, only 16.7% were successful (about half as successful as Wellington's). And only 40.3% possession...at home...against Wellington Phoenix...who had a shaken up defence and a new teenager goalkeeper. Yesterday's win can be entirely attributed to "individual brilliance", not effective attacking play. I agree that the problem with our attack was largely our midfield. This shouldn't be surprising, given that our midfield is a defender (Jakobsen), a defensive midfielder (Malik) and an attacking midfielder but Not a playmaker (Mauk). Because Jakobsen is in the midfield, and Brattan or Carrusca or Budzinski aren't, the result is that Malik and Mauk need to produce much more creativity. And while this might sometimes work (like the first half in the derby), too often I believe this midfield won't work and won't produce many scoring opportunities (with the 90 minutes yesterday being the main proof). The best solution I can see is to go back to our round 1 lineup. Bench Jamieson and play Jakobsen at LB (a position he has some familiarity with), and bring Brattan (or Budzinski or Carrusca) into the midfield alongside Malik and Mauk. IMO, Malik and Mauk can be top performers in "supporting roles" in midfield--where a player like Brattan produces most of the creativity or forward balls--but expecting Malik and Mauk to play "leading roles" with regards to producing the creativity is asking too much IMO. So a great result yesterday, but a very mixed performance. And a team couldn't bank on getting a lot of good results over a season with performances like that. So the team will have to change, at least a little. This is when coaches earn their money. All eyes are on Joyce to see how he can lift the attack (without compromising the defence) to have Melbourne City produce strong performances for the remainder of the season where games don't need to be won by lucky free kicks.
  20. Iacopo La Rocca says Melbourne City’s squad is the strongest he’s been part of in the A-League MATT WINDLEY OCTOBER 22, 2017 MELBOURNE City defender. Iacopo La Rocca has seen some things in his A-League career. But he’s never seen something like this. IACOPO La Rocca says Melbourne City’s squad is the strongest he has been a part in the A-League. On a stunning bench in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wellington, City coach Warren Joyce had at his disposal Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, marquee midfielder Marcin Budzinski’s, one of the competition’s best ever midfielders Marcelo Carrusca and three-time championship winner Luke Brattan. Incredibly, last season’s best and fairest winner Neil Kilkenny can’t get a game, rising defender Ruon Tongyik was also not picked, while winger Fernando Brandan (knee) and star striker Bruno Fornaroli (knee) are returning from injury. La Rocca, who made two grand finals and won the 2014 Asian Champions League with Western Sydney and won the 2015-16 title with Adelaide, said all of those players would walk into other A-League starting XI’s. “Really, I’ve never been in one team with this quality,” La Rocca said. “The bench, you have the types of players that could play in every starting XI around the league. “It’s not easy for the coach.” Despite the quality he has at his disposal, Joyce has made just one change in the first three weeks — Brattan missed the Round 2 derby through injury. The Englishman rewards good performances and La Rocca said that gives the players confidence. But, the Italian turned Australian said, it also means you can’t afford a misstep at training. “If we don’t play good or train hard then the coach will tell you directly that you cannot play,” he said. “So you are always working hard to keep your position. “When you see that Kilkenny is not on the bench, he was the best player last year, it must be very hard. “But all the boys here have the right mentality. “Because if you come to the training, you will see Killa, Tim, Carrusca, everyone, they all have the mentality that we can achieve something together if we keep doing this.” City has conceded just one goal in three games. Central defender La Rocca says the entire defensive structure has been on song. “It is very important that the work starts with Ross (McCormack) and the two wingers, then the midfielders. “It’s not just the back four or (goalkeeper) Eugene (Galekovic), all the team is working hard and putting in full effort. “We are desperate to not concede goals.” http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/a-league/melbourne-city/iacopo-la-rocca-says-melbourne-citys-squad-is-the-strongest-hes-been-part-of-in-the-aleague/news-story/a8c83258e5700070dac61627b935021e
  21. Same starting 11 as last week. Can’t fault that selection at all, I guess. However, it does look a little strange to me that all of our 4 outfield players on the bench are very capable attacking midfielders—Cahill, Budzinski, Carrusca, Brattan.
  22. Neil Kilkenny

    Before this gets dragged out any longer, here’s the official Melbourne City announcement - “City Signs Australian Midfielder”: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/city-signs-australian-midfielder
  23. Michael Jakobsen

    JAKOBSEN SPEAKS ABOUT HIS MIDFIELD SWITCH By Clement Tito Oct 20 2017 Melbourne City captain Michael Jakobsen believes he can grow to master the centre-defensive-midfield role. Jakobsen began his senior career in Europe as a left-back before moving into central defence and played as a centre-back last season for City. But under new coach Warren Joyce, the Dane reverted as a left-back in City’s 2-0 win over Brisbane but was then tried in centre-defensive-midfield in their 2-1 win in the Melbourne Derby. Jakobsen admitted it was an unfamiliar role but feels it can improve his awareness on the field. “To be back as a left-back in the first game, that was easy as I’ve played there many years,” Jakobsen told FourFourTwo. “As a No.6 I can’t say there’s a lot of minutes for me there, so that was quite new. The more I train in that position then the more comfortable I’ll be. “It’s new and you see the game in a different way, suddenly you have to watch the people at the back. It’s not what you’re used to in centre-defence where you have everything in front of you most of the time. “Now you really have to be careful with if you get played in, someone will be on you directly, so you don’t have a lot of time on the ball. “You need adapt quickly, I’m trying to adapt as quick as I can to the position I’m being thrown in at.” City take on Wellington Phoenix on Saturday and have a clean bill of health, including last week’s exclusions, Luke Brattan and Neil Kilkenny, now available for selection. Osama Malik is also available. Joyce said Jakobsen had the ability to master the No.6 role and would have no problems continuing to play the Dane there. “He can play 1v1 in a variety of positions and I think he fits into that category,” Joyce said on Friday. “I think if he’d been brought here as a midfielder, people would have looked to him and said ‘he’s not a bad signing’. “He’s strong, powerful and gone against one of the best midfields in this country - Melbourne Victory. He’s given a good account of himself last week, so it’s another good thing for the club we’ve got a player capable of doing it.” Joyce also appointed Jakobsen as the captain for this season as former skipper Bruno Fornaroli is out with an ankle injury from the FFA Cup. Jakobsen said he was enjoying but admits it was a seamless transition because of the maturity in the squad. “It’s a decision Warren made, I’m proud of that and I’m taking the responsibility and well as I can,” he said. “This year we have a lot of players who have taken responsibility in the team so it’s quite easy to be honest. We have a lot of good leaders in the squad so it makes everything easier on and off the pitch, so I’m really happy with the setup this year.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/jakobsen-speaks-about-his-midfield-switch-475860