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Coe to start for Melbourne Victory

New signing Nathan Coe will come straight into Melbourne Victory's starting line-up but coach Ange Postecoglou says the A-League club's dropped goalkeepers should embrace, not bemoan, his arrival.

Just a day after announcing the signing of the 28-year-old Australian international, Postecoglou confirmed Coe would start in goals at the first opportunity in Friday night's away clash with Newcastle.

It means Tando Velaphi is relegated to the bench at Hunter Stadium while Lawrence Thomas, who started the season in goals, drops out of the squad.

It's expected one of those players will be offloaded by the Victory in the January transfer window but Postecoglou denied suggestions Coe's arrival would cause discontent among the goalkeeping stocks.

"There are many walks of life where job security is the number one thing but as a sportsman or a sports team if you've got aspirations, then job security's not what drives you," Postecoglou said.

"I reckon Tando would be pretty excited to have a guy working with him every day that has played for the Socceroos last year.

"Because I assume Tando and Lawrence Thomas have aspirations to be the best goalkeepers they can be and hopefully get to that level one day.

"I'm not interested in players who just want to play. We need to be ambitious and if you're ambitious, you're going to welcome the fact we're getting a quality player into our football club."

Coe, capped three times by the Socceroos, was snapped up by Postecoglou after deciding to leave Danish club SonderjyskE.

He won't be the only change against the Jets, with Postecoglou revealing Brazilian midfielder Guilherme Finkler would miss the match with a groin strain.

Fellow international Jonathan Bru will return to the side with Billy Celeski set to be pushed into a more attacking role.

The Victory have lost four out of their past six visits to Hunter Stadium and Postecoglou said it would be difficult to reverse the trend.

"Newcastle in Newcastle is always a really tough game and I think from our point of view if we can go there and get something out of the game it sets us up well for the rest of the season," he said.

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