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craigos

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Under three months until the A League season starts. The European season getting closer and closer every day.

Starting to get a little concerned we're going to be left with a lot of ageing players. Just want to see some young talent in the squad this year.
 

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Any solid transfer rumours? Getting worried now. Western United joining the league dilutes the local player pool and too many A League footballers in general are chasing the big bucks in ME / Asia.

We need replacements for Honda, Valeri, Costa + one other ASAP. Retain Antonis - do what it takes.
 

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Kruse on cusp of Victory return as Kurz looks to beef up squad | The World Game

By Dave Lewis

Kurz was unveiled to the media at a function at Crown Casino in Melbourne on Wednesday where he spoke of his excitement at securing the plum job after a two-year spell in charge of Adelaide United.
He spoke of his delight at the opportunity to coach a big club and understands that comes with big expectations.
"Football is a results game, for sure, but I think on the other side we need time," Kurz said.
"When you see our roster currently, it's not too big, which means we have to do good work in the next weeks to sign good players.
"Then I hope everybody will give us the time to improve and grow in the right direction.
"Then I'm sure that we will have the best success that we can."
The 50-year-old Kurz takes over at a time of great change at the Victory after the departure of two-time A-League Championship coach Kevin Muscat.
Players of the calibre of Keisuke Honda, Carl Valeri, Kosta Barbarouses, Georg Niedermeier and Jai Ingham have departed, with four visa spots among those that need to be filled.
German Kurz has already begun talks with potential signings, both overseas and local, as he looks to reshape the Victory squad.
"I think we have a clear structure, a clear feel, for what we need," he said.
"It's up to us to discuss this internally about which candidates are the best and which players we can sign."
Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro has promised to provide Kurz every resource possible to support his squad overhaul.
Kurz guided Adelaide to the finals twice, only falling short of a grand final appearance last campaign in a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Perth, and won the FFA Cup in 2018.
If there was a criticism of the Reds' play under Kurz it was that they didn't find the back of the net enough, ranking ninth for goals scored in the 2018-19 A-League season.
While Kurz hasn't changed his football philosophy, he promised the goals will flow more freely at the Victory.
"Adelaide is the past but I think the reason was that we didn't have really a striker," he said.
"But I think it's good to speak about Victory, about the future... I'm sure we'll score enough goals that everyone is happy."


 

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hmmmmm. going back to the future
Apart from the headline article doesn’t mention anything about Kruse. It’s just click bait but I only posted it because now I’m hearing really strong rumour that Kruse is in discussion with us.

Also to update that Kurz will be signing players. Soon!
 

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If he'd performed for Country as well as he has for Club (in patches) he'd be a more sought out player. He'll do alright back here.
 

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Kruse makes Victory return
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Melbourne Victory has completed the signing of Socceroos forward Robbie Kruse on a two-year deal.
Kruse, 30, will arrive at Victory this week and join the squad immediately pending a medical assessment.
Kruse has made 75 appearances for the Socceroos between 2011–2019 and was recently part of the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He represented Victory on 43 occasions across all competitions between 2009–2011, scoring 16 goals and making an impact in the A-League and Australian football that put him on the international radar.
Kruse’s impressive form at Victory saw him picked up by German club Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2011/12.
The forward went on to play over 100 games across an eight-year stint in the first and second divisions in Germany for Düsseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Bochum.
Kruse said he was looking forward to returning to the club that gave him the opportunity to ignite his career.
“I am excited to return home after eight years playing overseas. It was an incredible experience, but to have the opportunity to come back to the A-League and represent Victory again is really special,” Kruse said.
“I have great memories playing with Victory and of the club as whole; it helped me set expectations of myself as a player and ground me professionally.
“During our discussions, I’ve been impressed with Marco Kurz’s vision for the team and look forward to joining my teammates, many new and a couple I already know.”

Kruse becomes Marco Kurz’s first signing since he took the reins at the club earlier this month.
The German believes the former clubman will add valuable A-League and international experience to the squad.
“Securing Robbie’s services for the next two years is a big win for the club,” said Kurz.
“We see in Robbie a player not only with great experience here in Australia and overseas, but also as someone that fits the culture of the club, something which will be very good for this team.
“We look forward to him joining us this week.”





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