City closing in on Victory: Franjic

Sydney FC have done Melbourne City a favour by defeating Victory as City could move to within three points of the Big V if they win tonight in Coffs Harbour.

Tonight, City face Newcastle Jets at a new venue for many of the players, the Coffs Harbour International Stadium.

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A victory for Michael Valkanis' City in third spot on the ladder would put them on 29 points - three behind Victory in second - ahead of the Melbourne Derby next week. 

Little wonder Franjic is desperate to see City continue their winning ways on the mid-North Coast of NSW with the prospect of second spot tantalisingly close. 

“It’s a hard place to go – especially to Coffs Harbour where we’ve never played so it’s going to be interesting," Franjic told www.a-league.com.au ahead of n Harvey Norman Friday Night Football.

"But it’s exciting to go up there to play. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of football fans.

“If we win this Friday we’re a chance to go within three points of Victory ahead of the derby. 

“The Jets are desperate to get into the six but we’re desperate also to make ground on Victory and Sydney so it’s a must-win for both sides."

Ivan Franjic celebrates his goal against the Wanderers with City interim coach Michael Valkanis.

City announced on Wednesday Michael Valkanis as coach for the remainder of the season following the exit for personal reasons of John van ‘t Schip a couple of weeks ago. 

It hasn't changed the focus of the players who, says Franjic, have found the transition smooth. 

“For me he’s [Valkanis] is a great coach and he’s starting to do well with the players and a lot of players really like him and we enjoy having him.

“And obviously he’s worked with JVS closely in the past from day one and he’s the perfect person for the job for the rest of the year and hopefully beyond.

“We went through a bit of a rough patch this last few weeks since the FFA Cup [final] but it looks like over the last few weeks we’ve really started to turn it around.”

Franjic is also excited about tonight for another couple of reasons. 

First, he'll debut in Coffs his latest - and very flashy - Nike Hypervenom 3 boots, which he wore to training on Wednesday for the first time. 

“It’s like a kid with candy when you get new boots. I definitely had a bit of excitement when I saw them today for the first time. 

"And I trained in them and they're very comfortable - you can really feel the ball when you strike through the ball - it feels like you're getting the full feel of the ball."

 

Great to launch and wear the new @nike Hypervenom boot today.

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 And he's also excited about playing in the seaside city -  a place with some good memories for the whole Franjic family. 

"I’ve been up to Coffs Harbour with my family [when I was young] we had trips there and all I remember was the Big Banana! 

"We used to get sweets there! It was very exciting as a kid.”