Tonight will be the third time Melbourne City has played in Shepparton, but the match itself is not the only thing on Warren Joyce’s mind.
Joyce, who is in his first season at City, believes it is imperative clubs such as City interact with regional areas such as Shepparton.
‘‘It will be a great occasion, there will be a high level of football on offer and you have the facilities here to match,’’ Joyce said.
‘‘It is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to the fans and the regional towns who have supported us.’’
City, then Melbourne Heart, previously played against a GNEFA All-Star squad and Wellington Phoenix in Shepparton, but Joyce, during yesterday’s clinic, had an eye on the region’s budding stars.
‘‘It is massive to come out to these local things, watch the kids play, train and take a look at some of the local players,’’ Joyce said.
‘‘We want to see kids enjoying football, doing well and you never know we might find one young kid here who could one day maybe train or play with Melbourne City in the future.’’
The Englishman hopes a number of local talented players can watch him in action during tonight’s pre-season A-League clash.
‘‘I enjoy teaching kids, they are the future of our game, so hopefully, they can come out and now see me in action doing what I do,’’ Joyce said.