Melbourne City FC returned to a new look La Trobe University after the Club’s 17-day UK tour.
Blustery conditions welcomed the first team back to a new-look Lower Playing Fields at La Trobe University on Thursday, following a revamp of the pitch and change rooms.
As one of the foundation team members still at the Club, Jason Hoffman was in awe of the changes, especially the improvement to the pitch.
“The facilities and the pitch itself is fantastic," Hoffman said.
"I’m sure that it’s only going to get better for us and I’m sure it was a pleasant surprise for everyone involved that the pitch is fantastic. The change rooms are certainly beyond our expectations and it makes us feel that we are definitely at our home."
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The two-week UK tour saw the Club base themselves at Manchester City FC’s Carrington Training Centre with positive results against English opponents. Hoffman believed that the trip brought the group - which now includes Damien Duff - closer together.
“It was an experience that I’m sure the whole club will never forget. It was a pre-season trip that every player dreams of, to go and train at Carrington and play the matches we played.
"For the new players in the group, it was a good chance to bond together and the boys got a hell of a lot out of it. It was a good building platform for the season to come," Hoffman said.
The team’s focus now shifts to August 12 and its inaugural Westfield FFA Cup match against Sydney FC in Ballarat with Hoffman endorsing the cup concept.
“It was a great first round and congratulations to South Springvale who got through the first game but the focus for us now is Sydney FC in two weeks time and every day will build to that because we want to win that game.”