Maltese great Mifsud for A-League?

EXCLUSIVE: It is understood that former Coventry City striker and Malta national team hero Michael Mifsud is on the radar of at least one A-League club.

Sources in Europe have told that the 32-year-old international, currently part of Malta’s World Cup squad, is being looked at by at least one club in Australia.

Mifsud, nicknamed “The Mosquito” because of his diminutive stature,  is a free agent after departing Maltese club Valletta in the European off-season two years into the five year deal.

In a statement Valletta said: “Michael had expressed his desire to pursue playing opportunities abroad. An amicable settlement was reached followed talks between club and player.”

Famously, while with Coventry, Mifsud scored a brace at Old Trafford, eliminating Manchester United from the third round of the Carling Cup in 2007.

The pint-sized captain of the Malta national team scored for Malta against Armenia in a famous victory in June this year, the first victory in World Cup qualifying for Malta in 20 years.

Mifsud was also part of this week’s World Cup action where Malta were defeated 2-1 by Bulgaria in Group B of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Mifsud played 76 minutes.

Mifsud is a Maltese football hero who is closing in on 100 appearances for his national and is their all-time leading scorer.

One of few Maltese footballers to have played abroad, he has previously been on the books of Kaiserslautern, Lillestrom as well as Coventry.

Mifsud told this week: “I’ve been giving some thought to my next career move. I don’t want to get it wrong. I’m currently in discussions with some foreign clubs. We’ll see what happens.

“I’m 32, but as long as my body allows me to play, I’ll keep going. As for motivation, well, I’ll always have that.”

In other transfer news, former Newcastle Jets keeper Ben McNamara has signed his first professional contract with English club Northampton Town. The former NSW Premier League shot stopper was signed from Evesham United in the UK Blue Square Conference League.