At the Victory In Business luncheon earlier this week in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, it was revealed by Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro that Besart Berisha was resigned by the club for another three years. The move makes it just about certain that Berisha will conclude his playing career in the Hyundai A-League, having won titles with two different clubs. Berisha’s contract extends until the end of the 2017-18 season.
“We remain in awe of Besart’s passion, determination and drive to succeed and these attributes significantly add to the positive and success-driven culture at our football club,” Di Pietro told reporters.
“It is a priority at Melbourne Victory to create an environment at the club that when players arrive, we offer a second-to-none experience, we do what we can to encourage them to stay and Besart’s re-commitment to the club vindicates that,” said manager Kevin Muscat. “The impact Bes has made on and off the pitch since he arrived at the club has been significant and we are thrilled and excited that he has committed to continue his playing career at Victory.”
“Melbourne Victory is a great club in all areas and I feel privileged to be a player at such a successful and professional club,” Berisha said. “The club enjoyed the ultimate success last season and I, along with all the coaches and players, feel there is so much more to achieve, so I am very excited to be at the club for two more seasons to do what I can to help the club win more trophies.
“We have a great squad, full of depth and talented youth, so the future is bright and I am very excited about this season and beyond at Melbourne Victory.”
In addition, Victory’s partnership with Etihad Stadium has been extended for another 10 years. The long-term tenure combined with its partnership at AAMI Park continues to be a key player in providing the best match day experience possible at Melbourne Victory home games.
“I’d like to sincerely thank the board of Melbourne Stadiums Limited and particularly chief executive Paul Sergeant, who has played an integral role in our relationship and throughout these negotiations,” Di Pietro said. “Paul and his team have been at the forefront of positive change at the stadium, including bringing the stands in to rectangular mode for football matches, upgrading stadium technology for our young audience with Wi-Fi innovation and introducing LED and IPTV screens.”
“Melbourne Victory have become one of the great success stories of Australian domestic team sport and we’re honoured to continue their long-term arrangement as a partner club at Etihad Stadium,” Mr Sergeant said. “Over a period of a decade Victory have shown the way both on and off the field and Etihad Stadium’s been honoured to help showcase their finest moments in front of one of the most enthusiastic group of fans that you’ll find anywhere in the world.”
Wellington Phoenix host Melbourne Victory on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. A special live blog of #WELvMVC will be posted on The Stoppage Time on Friday. Keep it right here on TST for continuing coverage of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League season.