BRANCHING OUT: Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday in the lead-up to the A-League trialgame against the Melbourne Heart.
BRANCHING OUT: Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday in the lead-up to the A-League trialgame against the Melbourne Heart. Patrick Gorbunovs

All Heart

MIDFIELDER Massimo Murdocca will get the chance to go up against his former club for the first time in the A-League soccer trial at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Sunday.

Murdocca recently joined Melbourne Heart on a two-year deal after eight seasons with the Brisbane Roar.

Roar coach Mike Mulvey was in Lismore yesterday as his side prepares for its first trial game of the year outside Brisbane.

"He's a Melbourne boy originally and all the boys are looking forward to being re-acquainted with him," Mulvey said.

"I'm sure there will be a bit of combative talk and some interesting conversations going on."

"He's a great guy and it's great that this will be the first game against his old club.

"There are a few names and faces that should make this match intriguing."

Australian soccer great Harry Kewell is expected to play for the Heart in his first game against another A-League club.

Kewell played in a trial game against La Trobe University earlier this month.

New faces Liam Miller, Diogo Ferreira and Dimitri Petratos will play.

Returning Socceroos star Matt McKay is also expected to line up for the Roar.

"Matty will probably play for the greater part of the game," Mulvey said.

"Harry Kewell has been a great professional throughout his career and it's great to see him back too.

"All our players are looking forward to it and we'll try to have everyone out there for as close to the 90 minutes as possible."

The Roar has been training since June and had trials against Brisbane Premier and National Premier League teams.

This will be their first of four trial games against A-League opposition.

Mulvey believes it makes sense to have one of the games in Lismore.

"We recognise we have a responsibility within the Queensland and NSW border areas," he said.

"There is only one team in Queensland now and we want to branch out and show the kids what we can do."

Tickets are available on http://www.visitlismore.com.au

Kick-off is 2.30pm.



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