With Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers youth teams due to enter next season’s NPL, the mother of all battles is brewing in pursuit of local youngsters. Any remaining goodwill appears dead and buried and, needless to say, other NPL clubs aren’t amused either.
The Sydney clubs are fighting tooth and nail for the services of a number of current Joeys, with one club willing to dangle the carrot of a senior contract to woo 16 year old midfielder Daniel Arzani. Meanwhile, Zeljko Kalac’s decision to cross town will likely cost WSW the services of strongly built 17-year-old striker Kosta Petratos.
Aaron Mooy’s displays have attracted the attention of overseas clubs. With a year left on his contract, will Melbourne City’s wealthy owners cash in or do they risk losing the playmaker in twelve months’ time in their pursuit of 2016 silverware?
Former wunderkind Teeboy Kamara’s performances for Stirling Lions have interested at least one A-League club - not his old one at Hindmarsh. The youngster, who has only recently turned 19, is still being carefully managed by coach Robbie Mileski but appears to be free of the mystery illness that had threatened his promising career.
Shane Stefanutto will be given a new, one-year contract up in Brisbane while incoming coach John Aloisi will look to quickly tie promising winger Brandon Borrello to a longer deal. But it is off the park that the real dramas are unfolding at the Queensland club.
Soon to be off-contract Brett Holman and Alex Wilkinson are being sounded out by Australian clubs and Wilkinson may opt for the familiarity of Gosford. Meanwhile, another off-contract Socceroo, James Holland, will reject A-League overtures and remain in Europe.
And the rest…having been cut by Melbourne Victory, Andrew Nabbout is prepared to move interstate for another A-League chance, Nathan Coe will explore opportunities abroad and youngster Jordan Brown has been told to get his body right if he is to get another crack at the top tier.
Perth Glory officials are working feverishly to keep Michael Thwaite, Jamie Maclaren and Andy Keogh at the club.
With Matt Jurman agreeing a two-year deal with the Sky Blues, Graham Arnold has dropped his interest in Cameron Burgess...Sydney FC have not given up on re-signing Milos Dimitrijevic, despite the Serb’s non-participation in the club’s two high-profile end of season friendlies, while Bernie Ibini has been linked with a Belgian club, with Mat Ryan’s Club Brugge mentioned. FourFourTwo was re-buffed with a 'no comment' when it contacted Ibini's management on Wednesday.
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