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Belconnen United defenders reunite for clash against former club Canberra FC

  Belconnen United recruit Izach Clemence will be keen to show Canberra FC what they're missing when the centre back faces his former club just days after leaving.

Despite more than 100 first grade appearances with Canberra, there was no room for Clemence in the club's first team this year, leaving the door open for Untied coach Dean Urginic to secure his man.

"I've been trying to get him for years, I've been a big admirer for a long time and each year I leave him a message and this week he said he was ready to come acorss," Urginic said.

"He's a good character who is well respected around the football community and when our guys heard he was coming they were really enthusiastic.

"He's fit in like a glove. At the end of the day he wasn't playing and any player worth his salt wants to play, all Izach wants to do is lace the boots on and we needed a centre back, so we were quite lucky."

Clemence will slot into United's defensive line on Saturday alongside former Canberra teammate Matty Grbesa who made the switch to Belconnen two seasons ago.

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"Izach has jumped ship as well now and I may have had some influence there. We formed a pretty strong partnership at Canberra so I'm looking forward to more of that, he's been a great addition to our squad," Grbesa said.

Belconnen knocked Canberra out of the FFA Cup last season but the fell against their rivals in the NPL semi-finals, the teams currently sit unbeaten at the top of the ladder.

"These games always have a bit of extra feeling in them and we're obviously keen for some redemption after last season," Grbesa said.

"It would great start to the season undefeated after three games and we haven't conceded a goal yet so hopefully that continues and they boys up front can find the back of the net."

In other news the FFA board met this week regarding the future of the Centre of Excellence program based out of the AIS.

The board are weighing up whether to continue the program through until it's scheduled 2019 finish to allow A-League teams more time to set up their academies, or pull the plug early and redistribute the funds.