COFFS Harbour football fans will get an early preview of the new A-League next month.
Three A-league clubs, Newcastle United Jets, Queensland Roar and Adelaide United will visit Coffs Harbour for a round-robin pre-season series of friendly games at the International Stadium.
Matches set down are:
n Tuesday, July 12: Adelaide United v Newcastle United.
n Thursday, July 14: Queensland Roar v Adelaide United.
n Saturday, July 16: Newcastle United v Queensland Roar.
It is expected that all three games will be floodlit evening fixtures and Holiday Coast Soccer are planning to have an NCFL men's Premier League game as a curtain raiser to the finale on Saturday night, July 16.
Coffs Harbour has been selected for the series due to its convenient central and neutral location, the excellence of the International Stadium as a playing surface and the top communications and airport facilities.
It is expected that all three clubs will be bringing full-strength squads, all of them featuring international players.
John Kosmina's Adelaide has Qu Shengqing an experienced Chinese international, as well as Daniel Beltrame, Angelo Costanzo, Lucas Pantelis and Travis Dodd.
Newcastle have Ned Zelic on board, after 12 years abroad, Ante Milicic, Jade North, Richard Johnson, Nick Carle, Andrew Durante and Liam Reddy, plus youngsters Stuart Mesialis, Mark Bridge and Jobe Wheelhouse.
Roar have Swiss defender Remo Buess and South Korean International midfielders in Shin Tae-Yong and Seo Hyuk-su, plus Royce Brownlie, Michael Baird, Chad Gibson and Warren Moon.
This promises to be a feast of football that will really help put Coffs Harbour on the football map, and should be well supported by the North Coasts football community.
These are early days in the planning of this exciting event.