Reading keeping tabs on Ryan Edwards
Edwards, who joined the Glory before the start of the season on loan from Reading, has made just one appearance for Perth since returning in late January from the AFC Under-22 Championships in Oman.
The 20-year-old’s troubles have been compounded by allegations of a recent training ground bust-up with skipper Jacob Burns.
While Edwards’ loan deal finishes at the end of the A-League season, his contract with Reading has another 16 months to run.
His agent, Daniel Berman, admitted the Olyroo’s run with the Glory “may be a short one”.
“He is knuckling down and is still young,” Berman said.
“He's got a huge future, although it’s fair to state that his season may be a short one with Glory. His contribution was significant when he was getting a game.”
Berman said Reading is keeping a close eye on Edwards’ progress.
“He's got the athleticism and quality to play in Europe and (he’s) still developing,” he said.
“Reading monitor his games, including the Oman tournament. Ryan will be looking to excel in pre-season. That's the situation.”
The midfielder featured regularly under his father, axed Glory coach Alistair Edwards, and played in the first 10 matches of the 2013/14 campaign.
But since his father’s sacking in mid-December, and the appointment of Kenny Lowe as interim coach, the opportunities have dwindled.
The young playmaker was not selected in Lowe’s 16-man squads for the past three Perth matches against Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart and in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.
Prior to that, he was a 90th minute substitute in Perth’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.