Allsopp to lend expertise to City

FORMER Socceroos striker Danny Allsopp is hoping his appearance for Launceston City tomorrow can help the struggling side get its first win in the Victory League.

The 35-year-old will line up for City against sister club Tilford Zebras at 5pm tomorrow at Mitsubishi Park for his second marquee appearance in the state's top soccer league.

``I want to do what I can to help the team improve and get a good result,'' Allsopp said yesterday.

``I enjoyed fully the weekend last time I came down, I really enjoyed being at the club, although we didn't win that game I thought we were doing okay.''

Allsopp said coach Kurt Reynolds had kept him abreast of the team's improved performances this year.

``It's great that we're scoring so many goals, it must mean there's been some good games to watch. Having not won a game yet this year it's been something I've been looking forward to and hopefully this game will be it.''

The forward, who played professionally in the UK and with Melbourne Victory in the A-League, was originally meant to play two weeks ago but a back injury picked up working around his house forced him to postpone.

Allsopp, who said he was 100 per cent recovered from the niggle, does not know where he will line up but is expected to play an attacking midfield role like he did last year in the 6-0 loss to Northern Rangers.

``I remember the game pretty well,'' he said.

Allsopp was heavily man-marked that game, which was played in torrential rain, and expected a similar tactic from Zebras.

``I find that just about every week that I play anyway, it's part and parcel and I'm experienced enough. Hopefully that will take some pressure off someone else, it can work both ways for the other team.''

Reynolds said he had spoken to his squad about Allsopp knocking one of them back to the bench.

``Overall the lads are excited,'' he said.

``They feel privileged to have a player of Danny's experience and achievements coming into the club and being a part of the local football environment.''

Allsopp said: ``It is an awkward thing and probably what I was most nervous about last year because you come in and someone is going to miss out but I felt all the boys were great last year and hopefully it's all the same this time.''

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