Trimboli: Victory may not replace Traore

The youngsters could be called upon to replace one of last season's most consistent performers, with club officials suggesting they may not move for a new fullback
Melbourne Victory could opt not to directly replace Adama Traore after losing the key defender at the end of last season, according to Paul Trimboli.

The Ivory Coast-born fullback was a standout performer during his two seasons in the Big V's backline, earning a contract with top flight Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes after leaving Victory on a free transfer at the end of last term.

Speaking at the unveiling of French centre-back Matthieu Delpierre on Thursday, the club's Football Operations Manager indicated head coach Kevin Muscat could rely on existing squad members to step up and fill the void left by the popular left-back.

"At this stage we've still got two positions on the roster we're looking to fill," Trimboli said.

"Position wise, Kevin's looking at a few different options. We still have two very good options for left-back at the moment, Scott Galloway and Dylan Murnane, who both featured there last year at times. So I think Kevin's pretty comfortable with those guys there at the moment."

Victory begin their 2014-15 season with an FFA Cup match away to Bayswater City on August 12.