Lismore City Centre manager Katie O’Rourke, Lismore City Council events organiser John Bancroft and Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney yesterday after revealing details of the Melbourne Heart’s visit next month.
Lismore City Centre manager Katie O’Rourke, Lismore City Council events organiser John Bancroft and Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney yesterday after revealing details of the Melbourne Heart’s visit next month.

Heart of gold

FORMER Socceroo John Aloisi and the Melbourne Heart A-League team will spend a week in Lismore.

The Heart will be in town next month for a pre-season training camp and the possibility of a trial game against another A-League side at Oakes Oval has not been ruled out.

"It's not guaranteed but it definitely could happen," Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney said.

"If that did happen it would be the icing on the cake.

"Aloisi coming here is huge and we'd look to get Craig Foster here as well."

The visit has been organised jointly by the Heart, Lismore City Council and Football Far North Coast.

Melbourne Heart general manager John Didulica made the call to Lismore City Council after previous talks in 2010.

"These guys are kind of the new kids on the block in Melbourne and I think they're trying to get their name out there," Lismore City Council events organiser John Bancroft said.

"It's a good fit because we have similar logos and with our 'Come to the Heart' initiative in Lismore

"We have a great reputation for putting on events and this is another avenue for us to bring people to town and use our facilities."

Bancroft and Lismore City Centre manager Katie O'Rourke believe the Heartis looking for community engagement and suitable training facilities for the upcoming season.

"It would be great to see the players at a few local events in town," O'Rourke said.

"That would help them meet their objectives and allow us to show these guys some of the things we have."

The training camp is from August 27 to September 1.



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