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Velaphi signs on for A-League's City

  • Velaphi signs on for A-League's City

Melbourne City have re-signed gloveman Tando Velaphi for two seasons, but whether he'll be the club's first or second choice gloveman is yet to be seen.

No `keeper kept more clean sheets last season than Velaphi, who usurped Andrew Redmayne to become City's first-choice gloveman during their 2014/15 campaign.

But after dumping Redmayne - who signed for Western Sydney Wanderers last month - City need to bring in a new goalkeeper for the season.

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City have both the recruiting network and the room in their squad to bring in an international goalkeeper of exceptional quality.

The question is whether they need to.

Velaphi, 28, found strong form during City's run to the A-League semi-finals but even he is unsure whether he'll start the next campaign as City's No.1.

"It's not something I can control," he told AAP.

"It was good to run into some form last season, I want to continue that.

"I'll just put my best foot forward over this pre-season and we'll leave it to the coaches to decide."

What he can be sure of is the chance to play against English Premier League titans Manchester City.

John van `t Schip's side travel north to the Gold Coast next Wednesday for the meeting with their parent club the following Saturday night.

Velaphi said the match was a terrific way to kick off their preparations for the campaign ahead, which includes an FFA Cup date on August 4, vowing not to be overawed by the occasion.

"It's going to be awesome to come up against top, top class opposition and it's not every week you get to do that," he said.

"It'll be extremely competitive, once we get over that white line you just try to beat your opponent and do the best you can.

"I dare say after the game a few boys will be looking for autographs but during the 90 minutes it'll be all business."

City could be joined by Uruguayan forward Bruno Fornaroli in the coming days if reports from South America are accurate.

Uruguayan football website Tenfield.com has reported that Fornaroli, nicknamed `El Tuna', will undertake a medical in Manchester ahead of a move to the A-League.

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