City settles into Casey Fields

From left: Dante Avian, Sam Morrison, and Arian Sulemani at Casey Fields recently. Picture: ROB CAREW

Melbourne City has started to make its presence felt at Casey Fields and in the south-east, with the club’s academy teams commencing training and games in Cranbourne East recently.

Junior teams from the A-League club held their first training sessions at the new facility on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with glorious conditions greeting players and parents alike on both occasions.

Local products Dante Avian, Sam Morrison (19, Narre Warren) and Arian Sulemani (15, Dandenong South) were among the first to road test the new facilities.

The club then kicked off its Junior Boys National Premier League season at Casey Fields on the Sunday, with all teams taking on Bulleen Lions.

The Under 16s won 2-1, the Under 14s and 17s each drew 2-2 while the Under 15s lost 5-0. The teams will be back at Casey Fields for Round 3 action on Sunday against South Melbourne.

Academy teams will continue to split their training sessions between Casey Fields and their northern base for the remainder of this year as the club gradually completes its transition across to South East Melbourne.

A-League and W-League teams will commence training on site in the second half of 2021, with new facilities to be constructed by the first half of 2022.