Bite-sized news for you to chew over - a new home for Barker-Daish, more trouble for Reddy and much more
Jason Barker-Daish has become the latest former Gold Coast United player to find a new home, signing a two-year deal with Adelaide United on Friday. Barker-Daish, 18, made seven appearances after breaking into Gold Coast's first XI in the second half of the 2011-12 A-League season, and the Australia Under-20 international will join former Gold Coast team-mate Daniel Bowles at the Reds. "I'm really excited about coming to Adelaide and hopefully I can play really well there,” said Barker-Daish, who was believed to have been on the radar of hometown clubs Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory. "I was quietly confident but obviously you just don’t know in football what can happen, so I'm definitely glad to have secured the deal with Adelaide."
Mark Paston wants to stay at the Wellington Phoenix past the end of the 2011-12 A-League season. The veteran goalkeeper saw off the challenge of Tony Warner to establish himself as coach Ricki Herbert's No.1 this season, and has played a key part in the Phoenix's march to the semi-finals. The 35-year-old's contract at the club - where he has been since 2007 - is up at the end of the season, and the New Zealand international is keen to stay and fight with new signing Glen Moss for the gloves in the 2012-13 campaign. "I have had preliminary talks with Ricki, but have had nothing put in front of me so time is ticking on that one," Paston told the FFA's website. "Hopefully things go in the right direction with these talks with Wellington and hopefully that’s a done deal in a week or so."
Sydney FC could end the contract of Liam Reddy after upgrading the goalkeeper's disciplinary charge. Reddy admitted being drunk on the Sky Blues' flight from Sydney to Wellington for last Friday's elimination final, and had been initially been charged with breaching Football Federation Australia's player code of conduct. But, after they discovered more details of Reddy's behaviour, the club has instead levelled allegations of a breach of his standard playing contract. Rescinding Reddy's contract is now an option for the club, with the player - the Sky Blues' No.2 goalkeeper behind Ivan Necevski for much of the season - to face another hearing on Tuesday.
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has backed his men to improve on their performance in last Sunday's elimination final against Melbourne Heart when they face the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday. Ferguson believes the return of several players to the starting XI hindered Glory's fluidity against the Heart, but believes it will not be a problem come their semi-final against the Phoenix at nib Stadium. "There were a few people unhappy and saying that it wasn't a great game against Heart, but you're going to get that tension in games," Ferguson told AAP. "We didn't create as many chances as I wanted us to last week. That could've been down to three or four players coming back from injury. Now they've got a week under their belts at training and also had a good game under their belts, so I'm expecting we'll be a lot more fluent this week."