Bikie sorry for Melbourne strip club fire

A bikie gang member who set fire to a strip club in southeast Melbourne has asked for a short jail sentence because he wants the chance to turn his life around.

Comanchero treasurer Mark Ahern, 33, on Friday apologised to the owners of Kittens strip club at Caulfield South and the firefighters who had to put out the blaze he and an associate started in February 2016.

Ahern has pleaded guilty to arson and using a stolen car to travel to the strip club, which he entered by climbing through an air vent on the roof, the Victorian County Court was told.