Melbourne Victory sign goalkeeper Nathan Coe


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    Melbourne Victory have put their goalkeepers on notice by signing Australian international Nathan Coe.

    The 29-year-old was on Wednesday unveiled as their latest signing on a three-year deal, turning up the pressure on current keepers Lawrence Thomas and Tando Velaphi.

    The Victory cracked their first win of the A-League season by beating Adelaide United 2-1 last weekend, but had conceded seven goals in the opening two rounds.

    Coach Ange Postecoglou coached Coe at national level as a junior and lured him home to Australia once he’d decided to leave Danish club SonderjyskE.

    “We are delighted to welcome Nathan to Melbourne Victory,” Postecoglou said.

    “Nathan has been part of some massive clubs throughout his career to date and his experience in Europe, as well as with the Socceroos, will be invaluable – both on and off the pitch.”

    Coe has been capped three times by the Socceroos and was a squad member at the 2011 Asian Cup.

    There was speculation Victory were going to sign Socceroos defender Jade North however the defender opted to remain with Japanese side Consadole Sapporo.

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    • October 24th 2012 @ 11:31am
      Roger said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:31am | ! Report

      Well thank goodness for that. Velaphi had a pretty good game last week, which was good to see. But even if he is back in form, I don’t think it’s a great idea to run a team where no one has any faith in the second keeper.

    • Roar Guru

      October 24th 2012 @ 1:29pm
      Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

      Exactly what MVFC needs.

      I rate Nathan Coe very highly. Whenever I seen him playing for the National Team, he has displayed foot skills better than any of the GKs in contention for the National Team – i.e. better than Schwarzer, Jones, Langerak, Federici.

      This is a player hand-picked by Ange for the system Ange wants to play.

      Additionally, Harry Kewell was photographed at Heathrow this morning … bound for Australia.

      • October 24th 2012 @ 1:50pm
        Towser said | October 24th 2012 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

        Harry at Heathrow,leg pulling or genuine?

        • Roar Guru

          October 24th 2012 @ 2:03pm
          Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

          Seems genuine – a Liverpool fan posted the photo on Twitter today: Twitter handle: @RedAnt_

          Apparently, he saw H at the airport. I assumed Heathrow, but more likely a regional airport in the North. He said H was flying to London & then to Australia.

          He asked H for a photo, but H was “stressing” was on the phone organising his flights, but once this was done he returned & took time to be part of the photo.

          • October 24th 2012 @ 2:53pm
            C'monJETS said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

            front 1/3 for popovic? would be mindblowingly fantastic, is it too much to dream that WSW would be involved?

            • Roar Guru

              October 24th 2012 @ 3:15pm
              Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

              Keep Harry out of your dreams – he’s firmly a MVFC man 🙂

              • October 24th 2012 @ 3:54pm
                Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | October 24th 2012 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

                Probably a Politix shoot that needs doing guys lets not get too excited.

              • October 24th 2012 @ 6:05pm
                AVictory said | October 24th 2012 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

                From Western Sydney 🙂

          • October 25th 2012 @ 11:15am
            Damiano said | October 25th 2012 @ 11:15am | ! Report

            Maybe Harry is going to pop in unannounced at a club to see if he can get a game, like he did with Stoke…?

    • October 24th 2012 @ 2:26pm
      Towser said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

      Was disappointed Harry left the A-League from a football perspective,although fully understand why given his family circumstances, he made a correct decision.
      Took him a while to get going last season,but when he did I thought he was a cut above the rest. I remember his two goals at Suncorp & packing it for the rest of the game.
      We can only dream that he may play again in Australia.

      • October 24th 2012 @ 3:13pm
        Punter said | October 24th 2012 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

        Totally agree, of the older players I always thought Kewell was the one I wanted to go to Brazil with the Socceroos. maybe he is looking for a guest stint????

    • October 24th 2012 @ 4:56pm
      MV Dave said | October 24th 2012 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

      Good signing but would love a decent, mobile striker to replace DA.

    • Roar Guru

      October 24th 2012 @ 5:15pm
      Philip Coates said | October 24th 2012 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

      Don’t know enough about Coe to offer a direct comment but obviously he’s not coming in on a three year deal to be back-up to Thomas or Velaphi. We can only assume then that Ange thinks/knows he can play with his feet and he’ll provide more confidence to the defense than the two keepers who had a chance but failed to impress in the first few weeks. I expect he’ll get a start at the first opportunity. Another piece in Ange’s MV jigsaw puzzle.

    • October 25th 2012 @ 11:09am
      trojan said | October 25th 2012 @ 11:09am | ! Report

      looks like the victory will win this season now for sure. that was the prediction after ange signed, even moreso after flores signed.
      flores has been taking a bit of a tumble in the first 3 rounds so far.

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