Goalkeeper Liam Reddy’s future at Central Coast Mariners looks bleak after he was stood down for a “series of off-field” issues.
Mariners threw the outspoken custodian a lifeline when he was axed by Sydney FC for being drunk on a flight to New Zealand in 2012.
But on Wednesday the Gosford outfit gave every indication they had had enough, telling fans and members the 34-year-old was not available for selection to play Melbourne City on Sunday.
Professional Footballers Australia has since threatened legal action if the goalkeeper is bullied out of the club.
In a statement the club said the keeper had been stood down indefinitely while they address “a series of off-field issues, in accordance with the FFA National Code of Conduct.
“This decision follows Reddy’s non-selection during a period of the Mariners’ Hyundai A-League pre-season where similar and continual disciplinary issues were also addressed.
“The Central Coast Mariners will make no further comment while the club undertakes a formal process in relation to the matter.”
Reddy did himself no favours on the weekend publicly criticising the tactics of Mariners coach Tony Walmsley.
The gloveman told News Ltd: "I rub people up the wrong way sometimes but if you ask me a question I'll tell you how it is - if you don't like it, I don't give a f ..."
He added: "The boys are under instructions this year from the coaching staff to attack so we know we're going to be left vulnerable and man-for-man at the back sometime.
“That's the way the coaching staff want it, so we've all had to adapt, myself and the back four.”
In the lead-up to the 2013/14 A-League campaign Reddy told foxsports.com.au: "I know this is my last chance".
“Things that happened at Sydney, I'm not proud of, but they happened," he said.
"I've been told, and I know this myself, this is my chance.
“I’m very grateful the Mariners have given me the opportunity to play at the highest level again."
Mariners back-up goalkeeper Paul Izzo, 20, will now get his chance between the sticks.
The former Adelaide United shot-stopper debuted for the Mariners back in August when he miscontrolled a back pass, gifting Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win in the FFA Cup Round of 32.comments