What Nabbout's new Victory kit number reveals about Kurz's plans

The prospect of returning forward Andrew Nabbout combining with Ola Toivonen and fellow old boy Robbie Kruse is one that is sure to have Melbourne Victory fans salivating.

Melbourne-born attacker Nabbout has spent the last 16 months with J-League outfit Urawa Red Diamonds but is set to play a crucial role in a new era for the four-time Hyundai A-League Champions.

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The 26-year-old has been handed the No. 9 jersey – last occupied by Kosta Barbarouses before the New Zealand international's departure to Big Blue rivals Sydney FC – potentially hinting at new coach Marco Kurz’s plan to use the Australian forward in a central striking position.

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Nabbout has been deployed in various roles across the front line throughout his career, but hit best-ever form playing primarily as a central forward for Newcastle Jets during the 2017/18 season.

He scored 10 goals in 22 appearances for the Novocastrians that campaign, form that earned him a J-League contract and catapulted him up the Caltex Socceroos pecking order, becoming the first-choice striker for former coach Bert van Marwijk at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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