Bite-sized news for you to chew over - No hints on Sydney coach search, McGarry to stay at Perth and more
Sydney FC football director Gary Cole has given little away in his club's search for new coach. The Sky Blues had offers for Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold and Newcastle Jets counterpart Gary van Egmond come to nothing, and it had been reported former player and assistant and current Crystal Palace assistant coach Tony Popovic was set to meet the club on Thursday. Cole, however, claimed little knowledge of Popovic's arrival. "I didn't actually realise Tony's in town but that could be good news, couldn't it?" Cole told AAP on Wednesday. "Tony's been a Sydney player, an assistant coach here and Tony would certainly be someone that Sydney FC would consider. He would be a strong candidate. But while we were negotiating with Graham, we were working on a plan B and so have been speaking with three or four other candidates for a little while now. I won't discuss who they were but suffice it to say we've been in discussions with a number of people."
Wellington Phoenix have confirmed they will not be offering midfielder Daniel a new deal, though the Brazilian midfielder could be set to continue his career at A-League club Melbourne Heart or in Singapore. "Heart, where John Aloisi has taken over as coach, have asked if I am interested and I am sure we will talk some more," Daniel said. While he is no longer wanted in Wellington, the 32-year-old, who spent five seasons at the Phoenix and made 106 appearances for the club, is still keen to play for New Zealand, who are also coached by Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert. He has remained in the New Zealand capital to complete his residency requirements. "I have loved my time in Wellington and have had five fantastic years. It will be very tough to leave but hopefully I will be able to keep my New Zealand links through the All Whites," Daniel said.
Midfielder Steven McGarry has signed a one-year contract extension with Perth Glory, tying the 32-year-old to the club until the end of the 2012-13 A-League season. After joining the Glory in January 2010, McGarry became an important part of the side that reached the 2011-12 A-League grand final. The former Motherwell man scored four times in 25 appearances for Glory this season, and has now played 48 games for the club. "I am delighted to sign a contract extension," McGarry said. "It's great to be involved in a club that had such a great end to the season. The possible prospect of playing in the Asian Champions League is exciting and a big step forward for the club."
Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good has returned to Australia after ending his trial at English Premier League club Newcastle United, and may have to wait a little longer to clinch a move overseas. The Newcastle Herald claims United's interest had "cooled" in the 19-year-old, who played 24 matches for Heart this season and impressed alongside veteran defender Simon Colosimo. The newspaper's website said Good was one of several players trialed by the club in a bid to boost their development pool.