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Big stage set for Vukovic A-League mark

  • Big stage set for Vukovic A-League mark

He's about to become the A-League's most capped player but Danny Vukovic says his move to Melbourne Victory means he's still learning.

The goalkeeper will play his 229th A-League match in his first Melbourne derby when the Victory face Melbourne City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

That will take him past former Central Coast teammate John Hutchinson, now an assistant coach with the Mariners, to be alone with most games played in the league.

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Part of the exodus from Perth Glory in the wake of last season's salary cap scandal, 30-year-old Vukovic said joining the defending champions had challenged him with different expectations from his new coach Kevin Muscat.

"It took me a little bit of time getting used to the training here and the intensity is a little bit more than what I'm used to," said Vukovic.

"And the way Musky wants me to play within the team is a bit different to what I've had in the past."

The Sydney-born Vukovic said the battle with the cross-town rivals would be the biggest regular season game of his A-League career, only topped by two (losing) grand finals.

Signed to the Victory for three years, he hasn't ruled out continuing for another decade which could see him go well past 400 appearances.

"I'm fitter than I've ever been and (new Perth keeper) Ante Covic is 40 and still playing so I'd like to go for another 10 years if my body will allow me - hopefully I have a few years left in me," Vukovic said.

Victory opened their season with a 0-0 draw with Adelaide United while City also drew with Sydney.

City struggled to find the back of the net last season but Vukovic said they looked like they had found their range, scoring five goals in consecutive FFA Cup matches.

Socceroo Aaron Mooy nailed a hat-trick in their quarter-final win over Heidelberg United.

"He's a very important player for them and he's probably playing the best football he's ever played," Vukovic said of Mooy.

"We'll give them the respect they deserve but we'll worry about ourselves and if we can play to the best of our ability we'll get the three points on Saturday night."

DANNY VUKOVIC IN THE A-LEAGUE

2005-10, Central Coast Mariners (104 games)

2010-11, Wellington Phoenix (17)

2011-15, Perth Glory (106)

2015 -, Melbourne Victory (1)

A-LEAGUE'S MOST APPEARANCES

228: Danny Vukovic, John Hutchinson

223: Andrew Durante

221: Matt Thompson

210: Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Archie Thompson

208: Eugene Galekovic

206: Massimo Murdocca

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