Fringe Socceroo Robbie Cornthwaite revealed he was recently forced to decline an A-League offer but could be set for a return home later this year.
Cornthwaite comes out of contract at Korean club Chunnam Dragons at the end of the 2014 K-League season and is excited by the possibilities of being a free agent.
The ex-Adelaide United central defender, who has eight Socceroos caps, was a 79th minute substitute in Chunnam’s 1-0 home loss to Pohang Steelers on Wednesday, but is struggling for game-time under boss Ha Seok-Ju.
Despite the situation, Chunnam recently declined an offer from an unidentified A-League club for the 28-year-old’s services.
“I had a chance to come back to the A-League a few months ago,” Cornthwaite told FourFourTwo.
“I was really happy with receiving an offer, but the club here made it quite clear I was a required player and wanted me to see out my deal and even talked about extending my deal.”
Cornthwaite is yet to commit his future away, but having had up to six offers from clubs rejected by Chunnam during his four-year spell in Korea, is optimistic about finding the right deal for him.
“My market is Asia, that’s where I’ve done well and made a name for myself,” said Cornthwaite, who confirmed clubs from China had previously chased his services.
“Whether that’s staying in Korea or somewhere else, I’m not too sure. The A-League is a possibility. The level has improved dramatically since I left.”
The beanpole defender identified game-time and working with the right coach as key factors in his decision.
However, with Cornthwaite and his wife expecting a baby in late January, he could be tempted by home comforts.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Korea, but I’m looking to probably move on,” he said.
“We haven’t had the discussions with the club just yet. There’s several other clubs showing interest at the moment.
“It’s an exciting time for me.
“I don’t know what to expect, but excited for a new challenge.”