Melbourne City reward Velaphi with new deal

A breakthrough season for Tando Velaphi has earned the goalkeeper a new two-year deal with Melbourne City.

Velaphi was in career-best form last season year when he amassed nine clean sheets from 19 appearances, after taking over the No.1 mantle from Andrew Redmayne.

Redmayne has since made the move to Western Sydney Wanderers and City has been linked with ex-Stoke shot-stopper, Thomas Sorensen.

City coach John van't Schip hailed the professionalism of the 28-year-old Velaphi who struggled for regular game time at previous clubs Brisbane Roar, Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory.

"Tando was a vital contributor for us last season and his record was a reflection of his hard work and positive attitude,” van’t Schip said.

“He is a quality player and a great character around the group and we are glad to have him with us heading into next season and beyond.”

Velaphi said he was looking forward to continuing the momentum from last season’s campaign.

 "It's great to have signed on for another couple of seasons at the club,” he said.

“It’s a great feeling to be back in pre-season with all the boys and we're working hard to build on what we were able to achieve last season.

“I'll be doing everything I can to get the best out of myself and help the team to be successful this season.”