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Melbourne Heart targeting Geelong home games

The A-League's newest club, Melbourne Heart, are targeting home games at Geelong's Skilled Stadium for the 2011/12 season.

The Heart enter the A-League in the upcoming 2010/11 season but are seeking the opportunity to bring the world game to Victoria's largest regional centre in their sophomore season.

Heart chief executive Scott Munn confirmed that talks with AFL club Geelong Cats were under way in regard to holding some home games there in the future.

"We were actually keen to play a pre-season match in Geelong this year but unfortunately (Geelong's) council wasn't supportive of that," he told the Independent.

"It's something we're certainly looking at; whether or not it would be a pre-season or an official A-League game.

"It's a great surface, a great stadium and we would be very open to any possibility.

"That's not to say that down the track and in the future it is something they may re-consider."

Munn added that Heart recruit Josip Skoko may be used as a drawcard as he kicked off his successful career with the North Geelong Warriors back in 1994.

"We'd love to lure the whole Geelong region but we don't have a number on it," he added.

"We think Geelong, for us, ticks a lot of boxes.

"I mean, Josip Skoko, I think he has got the keys to the city and he's coming back and will play in our midfield."

Andrew Slevison
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