Vukovic hails Victory as 'most professional club'

Danny Vukovic has been impressed by his new surroundings at Melbourne Victory and claims the reigning champions are the most professional club he's been with in the A-League.

Vukovic, who could make his debut in Tuesday's FFA Cup clash away to Balmain Tigers, has previously played with Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix and most recently Perth Glory.

The 30-year-old stopper joined Victory after seeking an early release from his contract at Glory, after being disappointed and let down in the wake of the club's salary cap scandal.

Vukovic linked up with Victory almost a month ago and has thoroughly enjoyed the professional environment at the so-called 'biggest club in Australia'. 

"For me, yes. It's no disrespect to any team I've played for, but it certainly is," Vukovic told FourFourTwo Australia when asked if they were the most professional club he's been with in the A-League.

"They leave no stone unturned when it comes to giving players what they need to be the best they can be out on the pitch.

"They create a 'no excuse' environment, where all you need to do is worry about is your performance at training and in games.

"As a professional footballer, that's something we all want and we're getting it here at Melbourne Victory."

One of the other big reasons for Vukovic's move to Melbourne was to be closer to his family on the East coast. Vukovic and his wife Kristy welcomed their first son, Harley, into the world in Sydney four weeks ago. 

Kristy and Harley joined Danny in Melbourne last Wednesday as they fully settle into their new home and city.

"It was difficult being away from him, but they're here now and we're settling in," he said.  "I'm loving being a father. It's tiring, but you always find a way to wake up and do what you have to do. 

"It's come at a good time with the season quite a few months away, and hopefully by then we'll be in a nice routine and getting some sleep."

Vukovic is currently the only new face at Victory training following their 2014-15 A-League double. 

The shot-stopper will contend with Lawrence Thomas to be the club's number one and said he was keen to make his club debut against Balmain. 

"I'm fitter than I have been in a long time," he said. "I want to play as many games as I can possibly. That starts this week against Balmain.

"I started my own programs a lot earlier than the Melbourne boys, because they made the Grand Final and I was out after Round 27. 

"It was important I came ready to go and being in a new team you want to impress right from the start. Hopefully I've done that." 

Nathan Coe left Victory in the off-season, but it was Thomas who came into his own during the finals and kept a clean sheet in the decider against Sydney FC, meaning there's no guarantee Vukovic walks into the number one spot. 

"He's really impressed me in the three weeks I've been here," Vukovic said. 

"He's obviously had a taste of first-team football and he's shown he's very capable indeed of doing a good job for the team.

"There's great competition here which is what Kevin Muscat would want, not only in the goalkeeping position but in every position on the park."