van’t Schip talks Joshua Kennedy

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Following his side’s training session on Friday morning, coach John van’t Schip met with the media to discuss the signing of Australian international striker until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The 32-year-old striker will join the A-League team in January, and will act as a replacement for Melbourne City’s guest player and former Spain star, David Villa, who has already returned to parent club New York City FC.

“We know his qualities,” said van’t Schip in front of media, “he’s a strong player up front, he can hold the ball up, he’s good with his head and his aerial abilities are very good.”

The Victorian-born Socceroo joined side Nagoya Grampus in the middle of the 2009 season and helped his club to win the title in the following year. He also won the Top Scorer award and was a member of the ’s Best XI in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. A series of back problems has hampered recent seasons and prevented consistent fitness. The question of his fitness was raised with van’t Schip at the Melbourne City training session.

“We will work hard to get him fit and he will work hard to get fit. He’s very ambitious to play in the A-League, so we will all work to make it happen. He’s had a good medical; there are no issues with him, but the main thing is that he will have to have a good lead up in the part he comes back.”

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