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Allsopp keen to put hard year behind him

Striker Danny Allsopp has pleaded for nothing more than a "fair crack" from new Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou, believing he has plenty to offer if given a chance.

No one at the Victory is looking forward more to the clean slate Postecoglou's arrival brings at the A-League club than Allsopp.

He was out of favour for most of last season amid the club's churning of coaches.

Both Mehmet Durakovic and Jim Magilton continually overlooked or dropped Allsopp despite the troubles under their stewardship.

His best performance last season came in caretaker Kevin Muscat's only match in charge - a starring role wide on the right in a rare victory over Newcastle.

With one year remaining on his current deal at the Victory, 33-year-old Allsopp admits Postecoglou has given him no guarantees.

But having suffered since dual championship-winning coach Ernie Merrick's sacking, he is desperate to impress the new boss against Greek champions Olympiakos at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, and with his training ground work ethic.

"All I want is a fair crack. With Ange coming in, I'll give everything I can to have a good year this year, as I always do, and take it from there," Allsopp told AAP.

"After Ernie left, some things became clear to me - I think I'd scored pretty well when I came back from America and the first chance it could happen, I was left out of the team.

"When you get left completely out of the squad for a match, it doesn't really look good for you.

"It was one frustration after another.

"I thought I did pretty well for Mehmet in the Asian Champions League and then it seemed like every chance they could leave me out, it happened.

"It's hard to play your best like that. Hopefully this season it's different."

Allsopp has been an integral part of the Victory's success.

He was part of both championship-winning squads and remains among the A-League's top five all-time scorers, despite spending a season playing in the Middle East and the United States.

He was then re-signed by Merrick on a long-term deal just months before the coach departed and instability gripped the club.

Ex-Brisbane boss Postecoglou's arrival a fortnight ago has reinvigorated the Victory on the training ground, and Allsopp wants to be a part of the club's 2012-13 plans.

"When you go on the pitch you want to have the best chance to succeed, and I think Ange is going to bring that to us," he said.

"I want to try and win another championship before I retire and I'd love to go out on a high at some point.

"Physically there's nothing wrong with me and mentally, I'm the best I've ever been.

"Hopefully I am part of the plans, but I'll just do my best anyway and see what happens."


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