Firstly, everyone at Melbourne City FC hopes you and your family are safe and healthy.
What everyone is going through at the moment is a lot bigger than football and we want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the tireless contribution of all front line health workers and essential workers that are dealing with this pandemic day in and day out.
This morning, Football Federation Australia (FFA) re-confirmed its intention to complete the 2019/20 season. We fully support the FFA’s desire to finish the season; however, there are still a number of challenges that need to be overcome before we can confirm a new date for the season to recommence.
Firstly, the players won’t return to City Football Academy for full team training until the government and in turn, the FFA will allow us to do so. That date is set for Monday 1 June for a return to training; however, that date could change depending on circumstances. Secondly, if we are able to return to finish the season, we unclear on what restrictions will be placed on stadiums for live games.
These are areas that the Club, the FFA and relevant government authorities are working on daily to provide a positive solution when we are back to doing what we love.
Despite this, today’s announcement was welcome news at a time when we all needed it. The players are excited about the prospect of being able to finish the season, fight for the finals and have the chance to lock in a place in Asia.
Club captain, Scott Jamieson, said: “We’ve had one of the club’s most successful season’s to date and hearing that there is the chance of finishing it, has given us a bigger drive to achieve something special. We want to be back on the pitch and playing for the fans.”
Club CEO, Brad Rowse, said: “Whatever happens, we want to thank you for your loyalty and passion for Melbourne City. Our loyal members and fans are the red, white and blue soul of the Club. Every decision we make at the moment is to try and get the best outcome for you, the fans, the Club and the players.”
Don’t forget to follow the Club’s social media and website to stay in touch with the latest news and find out what the players have been up to. You may even want to vote for in the ‘Melbourne City Haircut Cup’ which launched last night on social. We think it’s a tough call between Brandan, Brattan and PK for ultimate honours! But, the power is in your hands.
Once again, thank you for your fantastic support!
Melbourne City FC