City kick-off preparations for the 2016/17 season

Melbourne City FC’s Hyundai A-League side began their pre-season preparations for the 2016/17 season on Monday at CFA Melbourne.

John van’t Schip and his new look coaching team got back to work on the Academy Pitches as the side’s Elite Pitch is resurfaced ahead of its gruelling schedule.

Senior Assistant Michael Valkanis and Assistant Joe Montemurro took the reins during the opening session as the boys got the ball rolling before the intense conditioning sessions in the coming week.

A raft of new faces hit the pitch in City colours for the first time on Monday with Manny Muscat, Bruce Kamau and Daniel Arzani meeting their new teammates for the first time. A number of NPL and NYL players will also join the pre-season squad as John van’t Schip prepares the group for its first practice matches towards the end of July and the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.

With a long four month pre-season ahead, a range of international representatives and visa players will make their return to the training track in the coming fortnight as they return to Melbourne to begin their 2016/17 journey.

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