VIDEO: Koren excited by new chapter


Melbourne City FC’s international marquee Robert Koren trained with the side for the first time on Monday as the former Slovenian international met his new teammates.

Koren — who landed on Saturday and used Sunday to meet with Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn and Head Coach John van’t Schip — arrived to training on Monday looking to start his pre-season with the Club on the front foot.

The new signing trained strongly and showed plenty of potential, indicating that his choice to join Melbourne City FC was to help take the Club to the next level.

“I came here to help the team, help the Club, to take the club to another level and I will train hard every day. Hopefully I can help the team reach what we want to reach at the end of the season,” Koren said.

“My contract was running out at Hull City so I got a call from my agent that Melbourne City were interested to sign me, so I was looking for something new, something different.

“I had been in England for seven and a half years and I saw this as a good challenge for me, so when I sat down with people from Melbourne City, they explained everything to me. It was a really good project and something to build up so I was really (happy) to come over here.”

Melbourne City FC’s new number 10 showed little side affects from the weekend’s travel, being put through an intense session.

“I enjoyed it, it was a hard session for me because I was out of training for two months. I did a lot of individual sessions but when the ball is involved, it’s a different kind of training, but I enjoyed it,” Koren said.

The attacking midfielder spent last season at Hull City in the English Premier League, making 22 appearances and scoring twice in The Tiger’s 6-0 thumping of Fulham last December.