HEART coach John van’t Schip says the club is open to the idea of playing a practice match against an A-League opposition on the Border next year.
Albury Council and the AWFA want an all-A-League game at Lavington Oval, but it is believed a major sticking point is player insurance regarding the centre wicket area.
Heart will play an AWFA representative team in an exhibition at La Trobe University in Wodonga on Friday night but the council has missed out on an all-League match to Gippsland and Shepparton.
Heart will host Newcastle Jets in Morwell on August 19 and Wellington Phoenix in Shepparton on August 26.
Heart chief executive Scott Munn said in a visit to the Border in June that the club wanted to play a practice match against an A-League rival on the Border.
van’t Schip is also open to the idea but said it would have to be closer to the season, which this year starts for Heart on October 8, away to Newcastle Jets.
“Maybe next year it might happen,” van’t Schip, pictured, said.
“In the first few weeks we usually start with practice games.