Red Devils in friendly with Victory

Red Devils coach and former A-League player James Robinson. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Red Devils coach and former A-League player James Robinson. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

MORSHEAD Park is set to play host to yet another A-League heavyweight.

National Premier Leagues Victoria club Ballarat Red Devils will square off against Melbourne Victory in a friendly on August 26.

It will be the second friendly the Red Devils have hosted this A-League pre-season, after Victory’s cross town rival Melbourne City made the trip to Morshead Park for a practice match on June 25.

Red Devils player manager and former Victory player James Robinson is excited to give his current charges more experience against the best talent Australian soccer has to offer.

"What a great opportunity for the players to get more insight into playing against another high quality team in Melbourne Victory,” Robinson said on the Ballarat Red Devils Facebook page.

“The fans and the local community get to see the likes of (Matthieu) Delpierre, (Besart) Berisha,  (Carl) Valeri and (Mark) Milligan on our doorstep.

“It will be good to catch up with Kevin (Muscat) and the club in their 10th anniversary - the club and fans will always hold a special place for me personally.”

Victory coach Kevin Muscat is expecting a tough match against the McDonalds Reds.

“Our three new signings in Besart Berisha, Matthieu Delpierre and Carl Valeri, have already begun training with us and will play a part in these upcoming friendlies against some very competitive NPL sides,” Muscat said, also on the Red Devils Facebook page.

“We’re definitely looking forward to making the trip north to take on James’ Ballarat side.”

“We know it will certainly be a good test for our boys on pitch as well.”

The match will take place under lights at 7pm.

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