Demetriou attracting A-League interest

Sydney FC and Adelaide United have made enquiries about Swansea City's Australia-born striker James Demetriou, according to sources in England.

Both the Sky Blues and Reds have been in the market for strikers with the Sydneysiders having lost Marc Janko, Bernie Ibini and Corey Gameiro.

Adelaide United are also looking to add some firepower up front after a less than stellar return from their forwards last A-League season.

There was talk last season that Demetriou would return home after the Sydney Olympic junior did not extend his contract with former club Nottingham Forest.

However, right before the transfer deadline, a two-year contract materialised with the Swans.

The 19-year-old has not featured recently for the Welsh club's under-21 side and when contacted about the attention from Australia, the striker was oblivious to the interest from back home.

“Right now, I have another season left on my contract at Swansea. I am blind to a lot of the talk that goes on between clubs and my agent,” Demetriou said.

“I think that helps with keeping my mind on where it needs to be. The A-League has proved to be a dominant league in Asian football, so any move back home would need to be for the right reasons."

If Demetriou did sign for Sydney FC, it would reunite him with current Sky Blues assistant coach Steve Corica.

While playing for Marconi under-15s, he was spotted by then-Sky Blues youth coach Corica who brought him to the A-League club. 

“What a year that was!” said Demetriou. “Pat Faga (coach at Marconi) moved me from an attacking midfielder into a striker. 

“There were only five games that season I failed to score for my team, and I think that was why I was chosen to train under Steve Corica at the Sydney FC Academy. It helped me get into the representative NSW squad later that season, and it prepped me for a trial at Southampton a few months later.”

After overcoming an early-season injury in his first season at Swansea, Demetriou went on loan to a lower division side and it gave him valuable regular playing time.

“My first season at Swansea was interrupted almost straight away, in the first week of the competition I obtained an injury that kept me out for three months,” he said.

“Overcoming it took time, but after the rehabilitation was done I was looking for game time straight away. After easing my way back into regular matches, we had decided that we would explore a loan to get some first-team experience. There was a load of interest from League One and League Two clubs.

“I played with Notts County after we found out they were one of the clubs interested. It was my first 90 minutes back playing since the injury. I did well, and scored. But under Swansea's instructions, I was back home within a week. With the injury, and not having a full pre-season, I found myself playing catch up for the majority of the year, but it was a valuable season none the less.”

Swansea fan Steve Williams has seen both Demetriou and fellow Aussie Giancarlo Gallifuoco in action and believes the former Forest youth attacker has what it takes to make it in the Premier League.

“I frequently watch the U21s. The players who I would categorise as the top group, would be: Kenji Gorre, Modou Barrow, Adam King and Jay Fulton," he said.

“These guys [are] out on loan and are on the fringes of a first-team squad. James Demetriou would probably fall into the next group, he still has a bit to go, but there is potential there to breakthrough. This season will be a big one for him. If he doesn't come through he might need to consider his options."

Fellow Australian Gallifuoco was a team-mate of Demetriou’s for Swansea’s under-21 youth team last season, but the former Tottenham youth was let go from the Swans in the off-season.

Speaking about Gallifuoco, Williams said he was surprised the club let him go.

"He was released by the club in May. I thought he was a decent player, but he had also been released by Spurs prior to joining us at Swansea," he said.