Dear Victory family,
These are clearly very difficult times for all Victorians, and our immediate thoughts are with you.
It has been an extremely challenging week, and we want to keep you across the movements and developments of our Hyundai A-League squad.
The past five days has once again demonstrated just how quickly the COVID-19 landscape can change. In particular, the events of Monday and Tuesday night have been incredibly frustrating and compromised our players and staff.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our players, coaches, staff and all their families for the exceptional way in which they have handled the challenges and unknowns of this extremely stressful week.
While our club was disappointed with what transpired, we have remained focused on working together with FFA and the Victorian clubs to find a solution.
As you would now be aware the FFA have found that solution with the New South Wales Government granting the Victorian A-League clubs the exemptions required to travel to Sydney.
The FFA has advised teams will travel on Saturday, subject to COVID-19 testing results, and commence a 14-day quarantine period.
The Victorian clubs have been granted permission to train during the quarantine period but must follow strict health and safety protocols.
We have been and remain committed to working with our fellow Victorian clubs, FFA and the NSW Government to ensure the A-League season restarts, and we will follow all the necessary protocols to help protect the health, wellbeing and safety of our people and the broader community during our time in NSW.
Given the necessary 14-day quarantine period, our July 16 fixture against Western United will most likely be rescheduled. We are working with the FFA on an updated fixture and once we have confirmation, we will provide you with a further update.
Our players and staff are looking forward to getting to Sydney for the resumption of the A-League season and our focus will remain on preparing for our five remaining matches and finishing the season strongly.
It has been well documented the challenges we face here in Victoria with respect to Stage 3 restrictions, and I urge all of you to continue to play your role and follow the advice of the government and health authorities.
Please continue to stay connected to the club, the Victory family is here for you and we will all get through this together.
Stay home, stay safe and look after yourself.
Melbourne Victory Football Club