Maclaren saga a step closer to resolution

Perth Glory striker Jamie Maclaren is a step closer to a resolution on his future after a directions hearing was held on Monday.

Maclaren has been seeking a release from the final year of his Glory contract in the wake of the salary cap revelations that saw the club booted from the 2014-15 A-League finals.

The matter has been referred to an independent arbitrator after Glory stood firm despite letting the likes of Danny Vukovic and Scott Jamieson leave mid-contract.

Glory commence pre-season training on June 29 and will hope to avoid an awkward situation by resolving the matter before then.

Melbourne-born Maclaren, 22, has returned to Perth ahead of pre-season.

Monday’s meeting was an over-the-phone conference call that brought the parties together, with the ball now in the Glory’s court.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) has been supporting Maclaren through the process.

“We’ll await the submissions of the club before making any further comment outside of the fact it’s being handled by the grievance arbitration procedure,” PFA CEO Adam Vivian told FourFourTwo.

“We’ll continue to work with Jamie and his agent and the club through that process."