Melbourne City FC will embark on its week-long pre-season tour of Townsville on Monday afternoon as preparations for the new Hyundai A-League season continue.
John van’t Schip’s team will play two friendly matches in North Queensland as City fine-tunes its pre-season preparations with a week of high-intensity training and matches ahead of the season opener on October 8.
City will meet its Round 1 A-League opponent, Wellington Phoenix, on September 11 as well as Townsville’s own PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland team, Northern Fury FC on September 7. Both matches will take place at the Townsville Sports Reserve.
The tour will provide City fans with a first glimpse of new signing Michael Jakobsen, with the Danish defender set to link up with his new teammates for the first time in Townsville after officially joining the Club last week.
“The camp in Townsville will form an important part of our pre-season as we prepare for the A-League campaign in October,” said City Head Coach John van’t Schip.
“We’ve chosen a warmer climate where the local conditions, coupled with a week of high-intensity training and two matches against quality opposition, will provide us with the perfect preparation for the new season.”
The pre-season tour will also form part of a broader initiative to provide opportunities for young footballers from North Queensland to connect with Melbourne City FC.
Northern Fury FC v Melbourne City FC
Wednesday 7 September
Venue: Townsville Sports Reserve
Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix FC
Sunday 11 September
Kick-off: 3pm (12.30pm: Northern Fury FC U16 v Mackay U16)
Venbue: Townsville Sports Reserve