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  1. This is the problem though, he should have been more than a bit part player. He was good enough to warrant getting 30 mins of game time pretty much every game, especially in the first half of the season where Leckie was just plodding around looking content to collect his pay cheque and do nothing to earn it. People's reactions are not over the top in my opinion, the reactions are a result of seeing "one of our own" leave for a reason that is likely PK's coaching philosophy of "I don't make substitutions even when it is blindingly obvious that they need to be made".
    10 points
  2. Very saddened by this news. Cola gave his heart and soul to this club. If his departure really is due to PK then I join the "PK out" chorus.
    7 points
  3. Low budget video effects, stock music and a lengthy intro of him not doing anything. Looks like a Melbourne heart kind of Visa signing
    6 points
  4. I would love for Griff to go to Mumbai, stay with the group and perhaps starting a coaching career after. I always find him well spoken and has the right balance to become a coach. Not sure what his ambitions are of course.
    6 points
  5. I think there's some huge overreactions in this thread. We all loved Stef from a purists point of view, and he obv was able to stand up in the finals last year when we needed him to. But lets be totally honest, he's nowhere near the level of the starting front three, and Tilio had gone well past him as well. Tbf i'd argue even Bos posed a bigger threat on the showings of the seasons past, where he regressed in all honesty. Don't get me wrong, i'd still have him on our books sub-100k in a heart beat cos a) there's def potential in him and he's young, and b) he's a fan's and marketers dream, but let's not kid ourselves that he's worth any more than that, esp when we have a cap to deal with. And you know what, i reckon we'd have had an offer on the table for around that amount. At his point in his career he has to decide whats best for him; is he content to be a bit part player in a championship contending side, trying to force his way in, or does he go elsewhere seeking more minutes to establish himself. I'm sure it was a hard decision for him and ultimately he's moving for more game time and to further his career, i don't think its a sleight on any of the parties tbh. Let's hope he smashes it and returns to us when he's established.
    6 points
  6. I'm quietly confident that VDV will smash it for us. He's come from playing regularly in a good European league and nabbed a few goals and assists. Also, he looks like he has a bit of mongrel in him and those type of players hit the ground running in the A-League.
    5 points
  7. 5 points
  8. Remayne causing mayhem for Peru, grabbing their keepers drink bottle with written tips on it about where our players are likely to shoot and tosses it away. All is forgiven now for his time with us
    5 points
  9. Most players never play for their childhood clubs. Fewer still score for them. Even fewer score in a derby or win silverware. He has done all this. Wish him well in the rest of his career. I suspect nothing will truly top what he's already achieved.
    5 points
  10. If he caused any problem within the playing group or wasn't pulling his own weight in training then better for him to try a new environment. If it's anything otherwise then its a big fuck up from PK and co. Nurturing a player that supports the club from young should be priority.
    5 points
  11. JW you're like a marquee player on this forum, was hoping for a bit more info. You're just lucky PK doesn't run this forum, he would freeze you out from posting quick smart.
    5 points
  12. I can also confirm that it is very likely over the offseason that we will have players leaving the club. It is also most likely, we will be signing new players as well.
    5 points
  13. For not divulging any further information...
    5 points
  14. There was a period in the middle of the season, when Florin and Leckie were both in form, when we did look like the real deal, and attacked with real intent. But I suspect we're also all remembering the rather flat finish to the season, as injuries and exhaustion and Malaysian weather all took their toll. We did struggle from the final derby onwards to look like a cohesive and genuinely threatening team, but there are reasons for that. Not defending everything, but with some tweaks to the squad and a more reasonable timetable, I don't think we're quite as bad as we think. We just limped over the line at the end of the season.
    5 points
  15. I suspect Wazza was actually good for Arzani. Think he needed that sort of discipline and structure. Just as Wazza got the best out of the fat Scotsman, who was a mess before and after, but brilliant and happy for us.
    4 points
  16. I reckon his 70 odd goals and 3 consecutive Golden Boots might have something to do with that don't you. In any case though, be it lack of game time or whatever, by end of season you can't say Stef's form warranted any more game time.
    4 points
  17. A bit of a tip-off came my way in the past 48 hours. We could soon be hearing about some arrivals at and departures from City.
    4 points
  18. Oh those guys, met them last night, they told me that they were going to take me out to a box. I took it as corporate box which is nice of them
    4 points
  19. I think we definitely missed Luna, Florin has been good this season, but doesn't do what Luna did, they are different players. I think Metcalf could have filled that roll, but was usually played to deep. There was a real difference when Metcalf played higher up the pitch, rather than being the holding midfielder. Overall I think our biggest problem was movement, it seems to plague this team other than when we had Fornaroli and Mooy, the movement and transition was pretty good back then. But we relied heavily on those two during that time. Did anyone watch the U23's play Kuwait? Trevor Morgan had them playing some pretty nice football and would probably beat the current Socceroos under Arnie. The point is the movement, press and passing was a joy to watch and created a lot of chances. Sure it's U23's and Kuwait, but the difference between the two national teams are massive. Paddy has us playing closer to the Arnie book of playing than Trevor Morgans and I think that's the difference, a bit to predictable and restrictive.
    4 points
  20. Dean Bouzanis has signed with Reading in the Championship. Massive effort to get from conference football to there in a couple of seasons
    3 points
  21. https://kick360.com.au/richard-van-der-venne-who-is-melbourne-citys-new-playmaker/ Good article I found all about VDV and his stats compared to Metcalfe's
    3 points
  22. He's come to use the Germano Treatment Centre, world renown.
    3 points
  23. Most of his football has, in fact, been in the Eerste Division. Gets his fair share of yellows. Interesting signing. Left footer. Looking forward to seeing him play.
    3 points
  24. Ah yes. Youtube. The ultimate player signing tool. I'm convinced.
    3 points
  25. Looks like a gun. Can't wait to watch PK not play him
    3 points
  26. True Metcalfe hasn't played yet but as far as his playing career in the aleague is concerned he is an important part of the starting eleven, directly responsible for being part of a championship winning team for two seasons running, been capped for the socceroos. He's at a point where staying here probably won't accelerate his development without more challenging opposition. So for me how he goes is irrelevant to his decision to leave. Its 100% his time to give it a crack. Contrary to Arzani.
    3 points
  27. I get the point, but from what id heard arzani had basically said he was going either way so cfg either decided they wanted to keep in the stable or they cashed in. And they kept him in the stable cos they thought he was good enough. Ultimately i think his downfall has been a combination of shit attitude and not finding his way back after doing his knee, which is far from uncommon. He def left at least one season too early and tbh, his tale has been almost the go to as far as cautionary ones go ever since; every talented kid geta pointed to arzani when they get a couple foreign offers.
    3 points
  28. From a league memes 🤣
    3 points
  29. Honestly I think we'll be disappointed. If the rumours are true that we didn't want to fork out money for a GK coach, then why would we care about the position itself?
    3 points
  30. Official Manchester City home jersey for 2022-23. Come on CFG - it's what we want here too.
    3 points
  31. How many current and former Heart/City players did we have in the squad this morning? Atkinson, Behich, Leckie, Maclaren, Mooy, Goodwin, Redmayne, Genreau, Tilio, McGree. Must be a record of some sort.
    3 points
  32. Who would have thought that the bloke who looked like he couldn’t save a penalty if his life depended on it when he was with us would be Australia’s World Cup qualification hero.
    3 points
  33. Good read but it’s one of those interviews where you can write your own questions. Would love to see one with a bit more critical content, focussed on what they are looking to improve and lessons learned.
    3 points
  34. I usually agree with you but I think you've been a bit quick to jump on the 'forum negativity' bandwagon here bt. The comments I've seen here have been generally of disappointment, nothing more. The few that are calling for PK to move on have been doing so anyway prior to this. He showed enough signs last season to be played more. His decline is a direct correlation to his game time/management. And damn right if he's putting in the club, or PK, should be aiming to do everything they can to nurture him further exactly for this reason. Whether he got the yips is extremely subjective. However even then game time is 99% of the solution.* Working within the sporting coaching scene i can guarantee you that. *this is specifically related to when you have barely played any competitive matches.
    3 points
  35. If I remember correctly at the start of the season he got no minutes at all, game after game. The media enquired about it and PK mumbled something about the process and that he needs to work harder. I reckon damage was done earlier in the season, also perhaps negotiating a new contract back then.
    3 points
  36. Very happy to learn today that physical membership cards return for next season. Can't wait to feel that lanyard around my neck once more.!
    3 points
  37. Unlike Pucci this guy and been actively playing (in a better league too) before signing for us. First time playing abroad in his career though so I can see him having a slow start. Hope he packed his sun screen!
    2 points
  38. Even a broken clock is correct twice each day.
    2 points
  39. Probably a good outcome for him and clears space in our roster. He leaves with a shed load of respect.
    2 points
  40. So I guess we deduce that Griff has left us? Either not offered an extension or rejected the offer? Good servant of the club through difficult COVID times - thanks Griff! Contract extension for Pucci.
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. https://keepup.com.au/news/we-set-a-benchmark-we-cant-drop-below-cfg-and-the-key-to-melbourne-citys-success
    2 points
  43. They're not on my list because I've not seen any announcement of them actually being signed to the senior squad. Often, too, there is no announcement when one of them leaves the club and goes elsewhere. We're supposed to gather this information by osmosis. Of course I'm not infallible, but the list on the club website has often been so out of date that it isn't worth looking at.
    2 points
  44. For a kid with raw talent, who could absolutely come on and create attacking opportunities, and who was developed by the club, as a true fan of the team he played for, it would have been devastating to watch from the bench week after week, especially when he knew the game needed a spark ... only to not get any real chance or minutes ... no minutes in the GF either. I remember a game where he ran on for about 15 seconds, then the final whistle went Fuck the way PK managed this kid. Killed a crucial year of his development. I don't blame him for leaving ... I hope he scores against us, runs to PK and stares him down.
    2 points
  45. I thought our memberships had been fully transferable for years?
    2 points
  46. I think we can, just “can’t afford” one with an opinion and too much experience to challenge the head coach.
    2 points
  47. Makes me shudder at the thought of our play being from the book of play based off Arnie. I'd have to disagree with you there. However, completely agree about the transition in moving forward. I dont think we move the ball quick enough forward, I dont think our wingers are attacking with the ball this season like last season (would love to see the stats on 'take ons' for our wingers). And when watching our games I don't get the feeling when we move the ball forward that we will score, unlike last season. Nor do I feel like when we lose the ball we close down and win it back with the same intensity.
    2 points
  48. I reckon it will be too soon for him to go elsewhere. He needs to become a regular starting 11 player. Otherwise if he goes too soon he will likely end up like Arzani did...
    2 points
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