Say goodbye to the old Melbourne Heart - the transformation starts now

A new dawn for the battling franchise will begin in earnest during the off-season when the influence of the new owners starts to take effect
Saturday's match against Western Sydney Wanderers is more than just Harry Kewell's farewell and one of the final games of the 2013-14 regular season - it could also be a last glimpse of Melbourne Heart as we know it.

When referee Jarred Gillett blows the final whistle at AAMI Park, that's when the real work starts behind the scenes at a club where anything is possible in the years to come.

New owners The City Group have not ruled out changing the name, colours and crest of the team to fall in line with Manchester City and their Major League Soccer affiliate New York City.

While the A-League's top six prepare to contest the finals and the likes of Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory lick their wounds, Heart coach John van 't Schip will be flying to England, where the process of taking the club to the next level will begin in earnest.

"We're going to go to Manchester next week and we're going to have talks there," he said.

"I'm going to stay there for two weeks, watch games, talk with the management and then we'll discuss all those kind of things," he added, referring to new signings and possible contract extensions.

"There will be changes throughout the club but what they're going to be I don't know exactly. It's not my thing, I have to focus on the squad and the balance of the players. And trying to get the right players in.

"It's not going to be a massive change of a whole lot of players.

"We have to have a good look now in the coming months to add players and quality we think can lift the whole team and also the players we have and then go for the next step."

Club captain Harry Kewell's final game will be against the Wanderers, while it could also be Orlando Engelaar's last outing in a red and white shirt, with the popular marquee international yet to decide if he wants to remain in Australia.

"I've talked with Orlando himself so we'll see what comes out of it," van 't Schip said.

"He's still having his doubts, that has to do with private reasons. We'll have a good think about it and then come with a message for the people."

As for the match itself, Heart, bottom of the table but within reach of Glory and the Phoenix, are not only looking to avoid the wooden spoon.

"It's a game for the future," van 't Schip said.

"A lot of the players who will be playing tomorrow are going to be involved in the squad in the coming season. We have to improve a lot."