Thursday 5 May 2005
Socceroo defender Kevin Muscat will today be announced as Melbourne Victory’s inaugural captain in one of the most significant signings of the new Hyundai A-League so far.
Muscat is one of the most identifiable Victorian Socceroos, thanks to his penalty goal winner against Uruguay in the 2001 World Cup playoff in front of 90,000 fans at the MCG.
Chairman Geoff Lord will officially unveil Kevin as the inaugural club captain this afternoon.
“Kevin is the kind of hard man I can relate to,” Lord said. “He has a take no prisoners approach which I think is going to be very important for the club. He’s a very high-profile Australian player and he will be hugely important for us as we take Melbourne Victory to the people of Melbourne.”
Head Coach Ernie Merrick provided Muscat with his first opportunity in senior football when he was a 16 year old playing for Sunshine George Cross and he made no secret of his desire to capture Muscat’s signature from the day he was announced as Victory coach.
“Kevin is one of the best defenders this country has ever produced and provides exactly the kind of experience needed for Melbourne Victory,” Merrick said. “I’ve stated all along that a player of Kevin’s stature would be a priority as we sought to blend the best young talent in the country with players with proven international credentials.”
“Kevin is perhaps our most important signing to date, in terms of his influence on the park, as an ambassador for the club in the media and as a role model to our younger players,” Merrick said. “He’s a forceful character and a strong leader who will help develop a winning mentality among our squad.”
Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager, Gary Cole, heralded the news as one of the most significant of the Hyundai A-League so far.
“This is fantastic news for Melbourne Victory and for the league,” Cole said. “We started chasing Kevin in December and it’s taken a long time, but he is so important to this team that it’s been well worth the effort.”
“”Kevin is the perfect signing for us,” Cole said. “He complements our philosophy and the squad we’ve already assembled. He’s a great addition to the team.”