Australian Football Weekly Preview - Issue 5

It’s an early start for Australian Football Weekly as round five of the Hyundai A-League kicks off this Thursday.

It-s an early start for Australian Football Weekly as round five of the Hyundai A-League kicks off this Thursday.

In this week-s Full90 official matchday program, we find out why Adrian Leijer has put his dream of playing in Europe-s biggest league on hold to add some steel to Melbourne Victory-s title defence.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert explains why his team has more balance and resilience than ever, and why he-s already set his sights on a finals finish.

Central Coast mariners have gone from leaking goals to the tightest ship in the A-League. Coach Lawrie McKinna reveals how he-s got his squad working harder than ever before to make sure points and goals don-t slip away.

Three years ago, Gold Coast United-s Steve Fitzsimmons had all but given up on his chance in playing at the highest level in Australia. A phone call from Miron Bleiberg and a contract from Clive Palmer later, and he-s ready to fight for the Hyundai A-League crown.

North Queensland Fury face a battle for survival on and off the pitch, but the club is working hard from the top down to make sure they connect with the Townsville community and make the most of their chance to take football to the top of Australia.

Plus we uncover Pim Verbeek-s World Cup bolters, New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen-s date with destiny, look at West Ham-s troubles and Roma-s woes, and find out who at Sydney FC has hair like a grandma.

All this and more in Australian Football Weekly, on sale at every Hyundai A-League game.