Macallister to make Rockdale move

Former A-League striker Dylan Macallister it set to sign for National Premier League NSW 1 club Rockdale City Suns for the rest of the season.

Macallister, who has played for  Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix, Gold Coast United and most recently Melbourne Heart, has agreed to join the Sydney side.

FourFourTwo understands the Suns are waiting on his international clearance to officially announce the signing.

Macallister, who had a brief spell with Rockdale in 2012, has played for Hong Kong Premier League club Eastern Salon since leaving Heart last year.

The Joeys and Olyroos forward has scored 63 goals in over 200 appearances in a 16-year career that has spanned the NSL, Norway, A-League, Iceland and Hong Kong.

Rockdale has qualified for the round of 32 in the FFA Cup and are currently in 10th place in the 12-team NPL NSW.

“We’re always striving to do well in all the competitions that we’re in,” first team co-coach Matthew Ribarovski said.

“We’ve had a bit of a changeover in coaches in the past seven weeks. We’ve got a very young team and it’s all about getting the boys’ confidence up.”

Former Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets coach Branko Culina left his position as coach of the Suns earlier this season, with Paul Reid installed as player/coach and Ribarovski assisting. Rockdale has won three and lost three of its past six fixtures, and booked a spot in the FFA Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Sutherland Sharks on May 13.

“We’ve taken on the job for the remainder of the year,” Ribarovski said.

“I think it’s about changing it up at training and keeping the confidence up and putting a bit of enjoyment back in. It’s resulted in a couple of positive results in the past few weeks.

“Paul’s our leader on the pitch and I’m on the bench. It’s working out quite well at the moment. Paul’s very important to our squad and our team playing in the middle of the park. We’re going OK.

“Paul’s experience and his time playing in Europe and the A-League is essential for us. We’ve got Paul in the middle of the park and Marko Jesic [former Newcastle Jets striker] as well, which is definitely the backbone of our team in terms of experience.”

Rockdale’s squad includes ex-Sydney FC National Youth League striker Nikola Taneski, former A-League defender Paul Kohler and one-time Jet Jesic.

Ribarovski said the Suns would love to test themselves against an A-League club in the FFA Cup.

“It would be a great experience for the players and the coaches, and the supporters as well,” he said.

“It would be absolutely fantastic. At the end of the day it’s a two-horse race every week. If we take our chances and obviously keep a clean sheet, it’s something we aspire to do is go as far as we can.

“I think the actual concept is fantastic. It gives the teams in the NPL some exposure. We’re definitely looking forward to the FFA Cup.”