Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou believes free agent Tommy Oar is close to securing his club future.
Oar was on Wednesday morning named by Postecoglou in Australia’s 23-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan next month.
The 23-year-old has been clubless since opting to leave Dutch club FC Utrecht in the European summer with ambitions of a move to a stronger European league.
Oar has been linked with Leeds United, Watford and Athletic Bilbao and told FourFourTwo last month that he had offers in England, Spain, Italy and Germany.
However, with the English and German top leagues up and running and Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga to commence this weekend, no contract has materialised in a worrying sign.
“We were hoping he’d have his future sorted out by now,” Postecoglou told a teleconference from Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday morning.
“My understanding is it’s getting closer.”
Despite that, Postecoglou was happy to include Oar, who scored the winner in Australia’s last match; a 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan, in his squad for the upcoming qualifiers.
“He’s been training on his own, it’s not ideal, but he did really well for us in Kyrgyzstan,” Postecoglou said.
“From our perspective, not playing didn’t affect him too much coming into camp.
“He looks after himself really well. We wanted to keep him involved.”
Tomi Juric had also been a free agent throughout the European summer, but secured his future when he penned a contract with Eredivisie outfit Roda JC over the weekend.
Postecoglou was hopeful Juric could get some game-time before the squad gets together at the start of September.
The Australia boss opted to leave out Asian Cup final hero James Troisi who is also uncontracted and hasn’t played at club level since the start of April when he suffered a hip injury.
Troisi started in the Kyrgyzstan match, but was replaced after 71 minutes after an unconvincing display.
“With James Troisi, he’s done very well for us and he’s still very much an important part of our side,” Postecoglou said.
“He didn’t really play much in the back half of last year after the Asian Cup. He really hasn’t had a lot of football and hasn’t been training with a team for quite a while now.
“We felt in Kyrgyzstan he looked a bit underdone because of his injury.
“This is going to be a tough 10 days, there’s a home and an away fixture involved, so a fair bit of travel.
“I thought it was best to leave James out to hopefully get himself a move.”comments