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Andrew Redmayne is Melbourne Heart's undisputed number one and Clint Bolton has retired from playing, with the club set to finalise who will join the senior squad as cover

Melbourne Heart are set to decide on a back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne this week, with promising youngster Alistair Bray still in the running.

Redmayne, 24, took over from Clint Bolton as Heart's number one last season, with the ex-Sydney FC veteran retiring from playing and moving into an administrative role at the club.

Bolton's retirement has left Heart with a vacant spot for a goalkeeper in the senior squad, a position former Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory keeper Tando Velaphi, among others, are in contention for.

"We've had four or five more guys with a bit of experience under their belt come through to trial since the start of pre-season in early June," Heart's football operations manager John Didulica told Goal.com Australia.

"Now it's just a matter of the coaches sitting down to work out who's the best option for the club as a back-up to Andrew [Redmayne] and make a decision, hopefully that won't be too far away.

"The coaches will make that call this week sometime."

Heart may already have a player within their own ranks capable of acting as back-up to Redmayne in the form of 20-year-old Bray.

Earning the accolade of the club's National Youth Team player of the season last term, the promising youngster told Goal.com Australia he had overlooked enquiries from overseas to try and establish himself further at Heart.

Didulica said he was not aware of any clubs keeping tabs on Bray's progress and is confident of retaining him, irrespective of whether or not he is promoted to the senior squad.

"Any [interest] overseas is news to us," he said.

"Alistair ... did exceptionally well in terms of the way he improved, he's continued to improve so far this pre-season.

"People need to make decisions based on what they think is in their best interests. I think Alistair's shown that he's improved with us, so it wouldn't make sense to walk away now, regardless of what's offered and what's not offered.

"It's about him developing as a footballer and whether that's in the youth team or as a second-choice goalkeeper, he'll still have the same opportunities and the same access to coaching to ensure he can continue to develop at the same rate that he has been in the last 12 months."

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