Allsopp to guest star for Launceston City

FORMER Manchester City striker and A-League golden boot winner Danny Allsopp is heading back to Launceston City.

The club announced yesterday that the 35-year-old former Socceroo would make another one-off appearance in 2014.

Allsopp played a derby match against Northern Rangers last July and although City lost 6-0 in atrocious weather, a healthy Mitsubishi Park crowd turned out to watch the experienced journeyman who has played in England, Australia and the US since winning the golden shoe at the 1995 FIFA under-17 world championships.

Allsopp said he was excited about his appearance at the same venue against Devonport City in Round 3 on Saturday, April 12, at 5pm.

``Launceston City were very welcoming last year and I look forward to returning in April,'' he said.

``I look forward to working with newly appointed coach Kurt Reynolds and contributing to the club's performance in 2014.''

Reynolds's new-look City appears a different  proposition from last year's strugglers and the coach was delighted that Allsopp would spend several days in Launceston attending junior clinics and club events.

``Danny is a quality player, highly capable of fitting in with our football  system and a super guy on and off the park,'' he said.  ``It is not everyday a former A-League star is playing in your neighbourhood. We hope to have a strong and vocal crowd in at Mitsubishi Park to see Danny strut his stuff.''

Reynolds has spent the  off-season recruiting and implementing a new playing style as the club looks to turn around its form.

``We have recruited well and worked hard on and off the park and we aspire to reap the rewards,'' he said. City went down 4-3 to Kingborough Lions in last  Leg 4weekend's Southern Summer Cup, but has defeated fellow Victory League teams Devonport City 3-1 and Kingborough Lions 4-0 in preseason friendlies.

City faces New Town in the Summer Cup round two on Saturday from 1pm at KGV in Hobart.