Heart confirm Velaphi interest

He lost his place to Nathan Coe and was released by Victory, but Tando Velaphi could be set to stay in Melbourne, with Heart running the rule over the shot-stopper

Melbourne Heart have confirmed they are considering recruiting former Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi as cover for Andrew Redmayne.

Velaphi, 26, was released by Victory after failing to convince coach Ange Postecoglou, prompting the club to bring in Nathan Coe just weeks into the 2012-13 season.

Heart meanwhile are short of experience between the sticks following the retirement of Clint Bolton at the end of last season, with youth-team player Alistair Bray the only other goalkeeper on the club's books believed in contention to make the step up.

"Andrew Redmayne is our number one," Heart's football operations manager John Didulica said.

"Clint [Bolton] has moved upstairs [into an administrative role] so we have trialled about five potential reserve keepers during the pre-season to fill the second spot.

"Tando is uncontracted and one of the four or five under consideration but no final decision has yet been made."

Velaphi, who made just three league appearances in two years at Victory, previously turned out 74 times for Perth Glory in his native Westen Australia.

According to reports appearing in The World Game, former North Queensland Fury player Sebastian Usai, Jamie Young, ex-AFL rookie Lewis Moss - a former junior goalkeeper - and Bray, Heart's National Youth League player of the year last season, are the other players in contention for the vacant back-up spot.

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