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Bolton backing Melbourne Heart to make an impact

Departing Sydney FC goalkeeper Clint Bolton is confident his new team, Melbourne Heart, will make an impact in their first season the A-League.

Fresh from providing the goalkeeping heroics that helped win the Sky Blues the 2009/10 championship, Bolton is impressed by the Heart and sees no reason why they cannot be successful straight away.

''Just look at the coaching staff, look at the players' roster they have got so far … I am very confident, they are recruiting well. John (coach van' t Schip) … I haven't had a lot to do with him but he seems like a real pro," Bolton said.

"I know (assistant coaches) Ante (Milicic) and Jesper (Olsen) are certainly pros, I have had dealings with them before. They will put on good training sessions and play a certain style that is exciting and a winning formula."

Bolton admitted he was originally keen to remain a Sydney player but after the club failed to offer him a new contract he was ok with moving in, although he did say it was tough to continually get himself up to play for the Sky Blues towards the end.

''I didn't want to leave the club, I wasn't offered a contract and I had to deal with that and still produce on the park,'' he said after the match on Saturday night.

''It was hard going through that but I am happy with the way I have handled myself and now I can be happy in the way I have left the club … I am excited and looking forward to starting with the Melbourne Heart, which I am doing next month.''

Andrew Slevison
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