Two A-League young guns handed massive overseas trials: Rumour Mill
After Sydney FC sold star midfielder Brandon O’Neill to South Korean giants Pohang Steelers, the A-League transfer mania continues to build.
This morning we’ve got updates on Marco Rojas’s potential blockbuster return to Australia, a Wellington Phoenix youngster who could follow in Sarpreet Sing’s footsteps with a move to the Bundesliga, and plenty more.
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Rojas rejects City
Marco Rojas, the former Melbourne Victory star, looks set to reject a return to Australia to link up with their rivals Melbourne City.
Rojas, 28, is out of contract with Danish side SønderjyskE and has been strongly linked with a return to the A-League, where the Kiwi won the 2013 Johnny Warren Medal as the league’s best player.
But the 41-cap New Zealand international rejected Melbourne City’s offer, according to the .
The report states Melbourne Victory are keen to seal a return for their former star man, and are willing to release either Kristijan Dobras (Austria) and Jakob Poulsen (Denmark) to free up a visa spot for Rojas.
City lost Uruguayan import Javier Cabrera over the weekend, the winger returning to South America after making just nine A-League appearances.
But it looks as if they’ll have to look elsewhere after Rojas’s rejection.
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Mariners’ young gun off to LA
Central Coast Mariners youngster Samuel Silvera is trialling with Los Angeles FC.
LAFC began their pre-season on Monday, with the talented Australian teen among a number of triallists.
Silvera was handed a senior contract by the Central Coast in October after breakout performances in the FFA Cup, and the wide man has since made 11 A-League appearances with one goal this campaign.
LAFC have only competed in two season of the MLS, but reached the conference final in last season’s play-offs on the back of Mexican star Carlos Vela’s record-breaking season in front of goal.
A CCM statement said “The Mariners approved Silvera a short leave of absence from this week’s training to explore an opportunity with LAFC as the club proudly encourages players to pursue chances to further their careers to the highest possible level. Sam is still contracted to the Mariners until 2022”.
Must have went straight to the airport after the game.
— LAFC Australia (@LAFCAus)
Ridenton to Reading
Another young talent on trial overseas is Newcastle Jets’ Matthew Ridenton.
The New Zealand defensive midfielder is spending a week in England with Reading, currently 13th in the second-tier Championship.
Ridenton, 23, has made nine A-League appearances this season and 103 in total, most with Wellington Phoenix before linking up with former coach Ernie Merrick in Newcastle.
His contract with the Jets expires at the end of the current A-League campaign, meaning he could be free to join Reading – although if he wins a contract following his five-day trial this week, that move could happen immediately.
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Libby leaving to Germany?
Ridenton isn’t the only Kiwi young gun who could be set for a major move. There’s also Liberato Cacace, Wellington Phoenix’s marauding fullback.
His exceptional form has played a key role in Wellington’s nine-game unbeaten run, including a delightful late goal to seal a 2-0 win over WSW on Saturday.
That’s led to growing rumours he could follow in the footsteps of Sarpreet Singh, the former Wellington Phoenix youngster who now plays for Bayern Munich.
According to the , teams from Germany’s first and second divisions are interested.
Just 19, the left-back already boasts 45 A-League appearances as well as a trio of caps for New Zealand’s senior side.
“It’s always been my dream to play overseas, but I’m here at the moment, we’re in the top six and I want to stay there,” Cacace said.
“I have an agent for a reason, and I just leave it up to him. I just focus on what I can do.”
That didn’t last long
Adelaide’s hometown hero James Troisi could be set to leave the club after just three months.
Troisi has made nine appearances for the Reds this season, with one goal and three assists, but the 31-year-old playmaker is set to depart this window.
claims the 37-cap Socceroo is ‘close’ to a move away.
There were reports last year that an A-League rival was interested in a deal, while there were also rumours of a potential return to China, where Troisi spent six months in 2016 playing for Liaoning FC.
Adelaide has also lost two youngsters in recent weeks.
20-year-old winger Carlo Armiento was granted a release in December, and has been approached by Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, and Central Coast Mariners.
22-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Margush was released by Adelaide on Sunday.
The Advertiser says goalkeeper Daniel Margush has also been released. Margush, on duty with the Olyroos in Thailand, has slipped down the pecking order under Adelaide boss Gertjan Verbeek, and is likely to join up with Perth Glory according to
In a club statement, Director of Football Bruce Djite said “Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that there’s only room for one goalkeeper in the starting eleven and we are spoilt with some of the best young ‘keepers in the country.”