At a packed media conference at AAMI Park this morning, new Melbourne Heart FC signing Harry Kewell has reiterated his desire to dedicate himself to the Red and White
At a packed media conference at AAMI Park this morning, new Melbourne Heart FC signing Harry Kewell has reiterated his desire to dedicate himself to the Red and White.
Kewell was unveiled as Heart’s new number 10 at AAMI Park, just 24 hours after arriving in Melbourne from the United Kingdom and trained with his new side for the first time.
“[My objective] is to play good football for Melbourne Heart. I think that-s first and foremost anything beyond that is a bonus,” Kewell said.
“My first priority is Melbourne Heart, that-s what I-m here for.”
Kewell signs on at Heart on a one year deal, after last playing for Qatari side Al-Gharafa, and Heart captured his signature in June.
Kewell said he took his time choosing a new club, but has no fitness concerns.
“I-m excited to be back it-s a great opportunity for me to get back on the field I-m looking forward to it,” Kewell said.
“I-m one of those people that enjoys working out, even when I wasn-t playing I was still working out six times a week.
“Obviously not to the intensity of a football match but I kept ticking myself over. The spell overseas for 8 weeks got me back into it.
“I think I-ve come at the right time, it gives me a great opportunity to work hard and give me a good solid three months pre-season before game one.”
Kewell also spoke about his good friendship with Heart coach John Aloisi, and the conversation they had that lured him across.
“I know John [Aloisi]from football yes we are good mates. I work for him now though,” Kewell said.
“When I first met with John a while back, the enthusiasm he showed to bring me here that kind of nailed it straight away. As a player you like to hear the things he said, and what he-s trying to achieve. I want to be part of that.”
Aloisi himself was delighted to have a player of Kewell-s stature on board not only as another potent weapon in attack, but as a leader of the club.
“Harry is of course one of the older players and I class him as a leader,” Aloisi said.
“He-s one of the players that always sets a good example. I-ve never seen anyone prepare better than Harry and that will rub off on a few of the younger players.
“I think with the attack we got at the moment, like Gol Gol who-s looking sharp, Mate, Ben Garrucio and David Williams we-ve got some attacking powers that are going to help Harry, and Harry will help them.”