Central Coast Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull is heading to Europe this week for a fact-finding mission with some of Europe's biggest clubs.
The Mariners supremo was influential in the A-League club securing major investment from the Australian government for their own training centre in Tuggerah.
Turnbull expects the project to develop into one of Asia's most notable centres of excellence and news of the government's support has reached football powers in Europe - where the likes of Chelsea and Celtic are keen to exchange ideas with the Mariners.
Fiorentina are laying on the red carpert for Turnbull, where he will be granted 'access all areas' at the Stadio Franchi for their clash with Parma - with Viola coach Sinisa Mihajlovic happy for the Aussie to visit the home dressing room.
The Italian Federation have also gone out of their way to have Turnbull inspect the Coverciano training centre in Florence next weekend.