Melbourne Heart FC unveils Harry Kewell as captain

Melbourne Heart FC unveiled Harry Kewell as the Club’s captain for the Hyundai A-League 2013-14 season.

Melbourne Heart FC unveiled Harry Kewell as the Club-s captain for the Hyundai A-League 2013-14 season today, marking the occasion by revealing a new three-year deal with principal partner Westpac.

Kewell will captain the Red and White during the new campaign and is seen as the perfect leader by Head Coach John Aloisi, who praised the number 10 as a “true professional”.

“Over the past two months, Harry has shown the leadership qualities that we-re looking for in a captain,” Aloisi said.

“He has been a positive influence on and off the pitch with the players; he leads by example, and on the training pitch he sets high standards and he demands that all the players follow.

“So I believe Harry will be a great captain for us this season.”

Kewell said he was honoured to wear the armband for Melbourne Heart FC and was looking forward to the Hyundai A-League season.

“I am very honoured to accept [the captaincy],” Kewell said.

“I think it-s a great responsibility to accept and I-m really looking forward to it.

“I have played under some great captains during my career and I-ve learned from them, so hopefully I can call upon a few things they have done and I can bring that to Melbourne Heart,” Kewell said.

In a significant day for the Club, Melbourne Heart FC announced inaugural principal partner, Westpac, has signed on for another three years with the Club.

Melbourne Heart FC kicked off its inaugural season in the A-League in 2010-2011, backed by its principal sponsor, Westpac.

“The red and white of Westpac is now synonymous with red and white of Melbourne Heart FC and as one of the premier brands in corporate Australia, we are delighted to be partnering again for a further three years,” Melbourne Heart FC CEO Scott Munn said.

“Westpac has believed in us since day one and we are excited to continue our relationship with them.” Westpac continues to help drive Melbourne Heart FC-s community engagement programs, having staged ‘Westpac Community Festivals- across the Red and White-s first three seasons and, most recently, taking the Hyundai A-League side to Shepparton.

"Westpac is proud to be continuing our support of the Melbourne Heart FC for the next three years,” Westpac-s Head of Corporate Business Group, Michael Waters, said.

“Local initiatives like the Westpac Community Football Festival is very much in line with our own emphasis within the business on the importance of local community so this partnership is something we are very passionate about.”