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Ex-Wigan, Stoke midfielder Skoko: Heart don't have to target big names

Recently-retired Melbourne Heart midfielder Josip Skoko feels the club do not have to go out and find big-name signings for their second season.

The Heart have lost plenty of experience from their debut season with the likes of Skoko, John Aloisi, Gerald Sibon and Michael Beauchamp all leaving the club for one reason or another.

Skoko, who has had stints with Wigan Athletic, Stoke City and Hajduk Split, feels that the Heart should have made the finals in their first season but has advised the club that perhaps they don't need to rush and buy big names to succeed.

"I think we should've made the finals last year," he told au.fourfourtwo.com. "I see no reason why they shouldn't be aiming for the finals this year.

"I think they have learnt a lot but some players have gone out and some have come in and it depends on if they can get another couple of players in and go to that next step.

"It's always difficult when you lose a lot of experience - you don't know which way it could go.

"You could bring fresh legs and a more competitive thing on the field but you're losing out on the experience side.

"It's going to be hard for them to get massive signings. I just think they've got to concentrate on signing good solid footballers."

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Andrew Slevison
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