Hume City star Nick Hegarty says the Westfield FFA Cup is a huge boost for the club’s profile in Melbourne and a perfect showcase for their fabulous new facilities.
PS4 NPL Victorian outfit Hume meet Brisbane Strikers next Wednesday night in one of the four intriguing opening night matches of the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
And for club captain and attacking midfielder Hegarty, the club’s new facilities will be showcased at Valley Park Broadmeadows as well as the team’s talents on the park when a national audience tunes in for the coverage on Fox Sports.
“We’ve moved into a $12m facility only last year which has brand new main pitch in great condition, 600-seater stand and two more grass pitches and a synthetic one. One of which is brand new and we’re still evolving. We have one of the best if not the best facilities in Victoria.
“The FFA Cup is a great way to promote our facilities and our club. Hopefully we can harness the excitement,” he told www.theffacup.com.au
“The FFA Cup creates the excitement and for every footballer at whatever level, he has the chance of playing on the big stage.
“Everyone dreams of the finances that come with a good FFA Cup run but most importantly for our club here in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and we’ve got to get our name out there.
“We’ve got to be the local hub for everybody in the local area. If we can put some good results together it’ll help bring fans to our club to support us week in week out for the next 50-100 years.”
Hume qualified for the Round of 32 after former Victory striker Theo Markelis curled home a winner against Kingston Town.
The one-time club of Socceroo Jason Davidson have been known for their speedy counter-attacking this season.
And Hegarty, a former Grimsby Town and SPL player who won the Victorian Gold Medal in his first season in Victoria, has a player to watch for fans next Wednesday.
And ironically it’s a Queenslander who'll be known to the Strikers.
“Next week look out for Daniel Clark. He’ll be known to Brisbane fans – we’ve signed him from Moreton Bay,” he revealed.
“He’s just settled into the area. He’s produced one of the best striker performances I’ve seen last week against Bentleigh, who have the best defence in the league. Basically he made their centre half, who’s one of the best in the league, look like he’s never played before.”
And Clark has scored against Brisbane Strikers during his time with Moreton Bay.
An FFA Cup omen, perhaps?
Hegarty agreed: “If Daniel performs he can produce that X-factor… other than me of course!”