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Fit City can win A-League: Zullo

  • Fit City can win A-League: Zullo

If Michael Zullo's statement of intent is anything to go by, Melbourne City's next generation of A-League players are an ambitious bunch.

Zullo is one of 10 additions to the City squad for the upcoming season, joining from Dutch club Utrecht after impressing in a loan deal with Adelaide United.

The left back, who can operate as a winger, says the quality of the squad put together by John van 't Schip means they'll be shooting for the stars in the season ahead.

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"If we can keep our strongest eleven out there week after week, I think we can really have a good crack at the league," he said.

"We have to have one of the strongest 11s in the A-League.

"The key for us is to keep everyone fit and on the park ... I don't see any reason why we can't aim to win the league."

Zullo, 27, who has 10 Socceroos caps to his name, identified fellow international Ivan Franjic and French winger Harry Novillo as key contributors to a title push.

Joining the trio as new faces at City this term are former English Premier League pair Thomas Sorenson and Aaron Hughes, young forwards Steve Kuzmunovski, Corey Gameiro and Wade Dekker as well as Uruguayan attacker Bruno Fornaroli and Jason Trifiro.

But before their A-League assault begins in three weeks with a trip to Sydney FC, City continue their FFA Cup ride with a quarter-final against neighbours Heidelberg United next Tuesday.

At Heidelberg's Olympic Village ground, they'll play a match closer to their Bundoora base than ever before.

But Zullo says it will feel like an away match given the depth of support for grassroots clubs.

"That's the beauty of the FFA Cup, you get to play at these local grounds," he said.

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