Our countdown intensifies as we approach the start of the season, which is just 10 days away

Josip Tadic will don the number 10 jersey this season, as he looks to fill the boots of the departed Eli Babalj up front.

Tadic boasts a very credible pedigree, and at only 25 years of age, is entering his prime.

The Croatian forward enjoyed a fantastic spell at Dinamo Zagreb, before stints in the Bundesliga saw him head to Melbourne via Poland.

Tadic is also a former Croatian U-21 international, for whom he scored five goals in 22 appearances.

His signing has gone somewhat under the radar with the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, but Tadic has the potential to prove the best signing on the pitch.

10 is also the number of yellow cards that Matt Thompson has picked up in his time at the Heart, the second highest number for any Melbourne Heart player, past or present.

The player with the most is Wayne Shroj, who was the club-s last number 10.

Shroj was a constant in John van-t Schipt-s side over the club-s first two seasons and proved a good foil for the more creative midfielders around him.

Shroj picked up a total of 20 yellow cards in his time at the club, failing to register on the score sheet once.

Melbourne Heart recorded 10 draws over the course of last season, which proved enough to help them to finish 6th on the table and hence qualify for a debut appearance in the finals.

John Aloisi will be hoping that his new look squad will be able to turn more of those draws into wins over the coming season.