Suffering A-League withdrawal symptoms? Great news, the football season may be over but the Silly Season has just begun!
Michael Safro brings you a round-up of the latest A-League transfer rumours plus emerging stars making their moves. Whether it’s a struggling club looking to rebuild or a frontrunner aiming to stay ahead, here’s the wrap on all the tattle.
With an FFA-led upheaval at Newcastle, the no-longer-offended ex-Socceroo’s preference is to remain at the Hunter. No longer a fleet-footed winger, the post-Tinkler Jets – believed to be returning to their previous gold colours – could still use a playmaker of Carney’s guile.
The grand final winner is about to turn Sky Blue! Not that Sky Blue. The Victory skipper is all set for a petrodollar payday at Nick Carle’s former club Baniyas FC in Dubai. Does he join Brett Holman on the Socceroo scrapheap?
Nick Carle, Sasa Ognenovski
While Sydney’s Og Monster has all but officially hung up his boots for a media career, teammate Carle’s playing fires are still burning as he mulls over at least two A-League club offers. It is understood he isn’t keen to travel far from his home base in Sydney’s south-west as he builds his Futsal Institute business at Wetherill Park.
The talented 19-year-old Fulham defender, outstanding at the back for the Young Socceroos in recent matches, has sparked the interest of Sky Blues mentor Graham Arnold and two other A-League coaches.
After leaving Western Sydney Wanderers, the young gun was linked with a move to Europe or Asia but is now strongly tipped to join Sydney FC as they search for a replacement to marquee Marc Janko. But could he play alongside veteran marksman Shane Smeltz?
And the rest…
Nikita Rukavytsya – with Jamie Maclaren and Andy Keogh about to depart Perth Glory, the 27-year-old has been sounded out for a hometown return. Former Central Coast Mariner Zac Anderson is believed to be close to agreeing terms with Adelaide United, replacing Jets-bound centre-back Nigel Boogaard. Off-contract Sydney striker Corey Gameiro is fielding offers from the Wanderers and Melbourne City as they look to boost their front lines and he searches for first-team football. Iacopo La Rocca, one of 10 released by the Wanderers in a mass cull, may be replacing John Hutchinson as bruiser-in-chief at the Mariners.
Joao Pedro watch
The 18-year-old Palmeiras right-back, who destroyed Portugal and Australia in the run-up to Brazil’s tilt at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, will be in Europe by July. The powerful young defender has impressed many local football fans and, no doubt, some big European clubs, and you can follow his career moves right here.comments