Fringe Melbourne Victory players playing for their futures in Korea – Muscat

The boss has issued a warning to some of his players, saying they have plenty to play for in Korea

Melbourne Victory's fringe players have been put on notice with the futures mentioned by coach Kevin Muscat ahead of Wednesday night's Asian Champions League dead rubber against Daegu.

With Victory unable to progress to the ACL knockout stage, Muscat has opted to rest several big-name stars for Sunday's elimination final versus Sydney FC - including Keisuke Honda, Ola Toivonen, Kosta Barbarouses and Terry Antonis.

But the Victory boss says there is plenty to compete for in Korea, highlighting several players who will be playing for their futures - as well as the chance to take on the Sky Blues for a spot in the A-League grand final.

"We've got something to play for ... we get an opportunity to field some younger players and see what they're like in an environment with a little bit of pressure," Muscat said.

"It's a good test, a good opportunity for Josh Hope, Corey Brown, Storm Roux, Rahmat Akbari, Kenny Athiu to stand up, really stand up.

"Not only for the remainder of the season but for their futures also."

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Roux and Brown started the season as first-choice full-backs but have recently been discarded for Leigh Broxham and Thomas Deng, while Hope, Akbari and Athiu have all been mainly used as substitutes.

Victory have endured a poor ACL campaign - only picking up one point from their four matches and conceding 10 goals along the way.

It will be Victory's second consecutive Asian journey that has ended at the group stage, with the club only getting to the round-of-16 once in seven attempts.