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Fornaroli back in City's A-League camp

  • Fornaroli back in City's A-League camp

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League Elimination Final match between Melbourne City FC and Perth Glory at AAMI Park on April 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The breakout star of last season's A-League, Bruno Fornaroli, is back in training with Melbourne City but is yet to sign a new deal at the club.

Fornaroli, 28, was the last man to join City's pre-season training after receiving an extended break for his record-setting exploits of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Uruguayan tallied 23 regular-season goals - the most of any individual in and A-League campaign - and two more in an elimination final victory over Perth Glory in his barnstorming season.

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His return is good news for any City fans fearful he could be the third member of their much-feared attacking trio to depart the club.

Fornaroli, Aaron Mooy (11 goals, 20 assists) and Harry Novillo (10 goals, five assists) combined for 46 goals last season.

Mooy struck a mega-money deal to join sister club Manchester City and is expected to spend the season on loan, either in Europe or in England's second-tier Championship.

French forward Novillo didn't return to Melbourne after taking off for his holiday, instead signing for Turkish second division club Manisaspor last month.

But while City's attacking trident is no more, John van `t Schip's side is expected to have plenty of forward-line firepower at his disposal for the new campaign.

City are expected to formalise a new agreement for `El Tuna' to become an international marquee in the coming weeks, with Socceroos legend Tim Cahill heavily linked with the club as a season-long guest player.

Winger Corey Gameiro is also improving in his rehabilitation from an ACL injury, hoping to be fit for the start of the season in October.

As the club waits to learn if it has landed Cahill, new faces are getting to know each other at City Football Academy.

Championship-winning winger Bruce Kamau, Luke Brattan, Manny Muscat and teenage talent Daniel Arzani have joined in pre-season training.

City's first fixture of the new season was confirmed on Tuesday, an FFA Cup match with West Australian side Floreat Athena on August 2 in Perth.

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