Bite-sized news for you to chew over - McGowan wants Socceroos cap, van Egmond disappointed with regional game and former Matilda upset at Jets offer
Hearts defender Ryan McGowan has ended speculation regarding his country allegiance and confirmed he wants to represent Australia. The 22-year-old, who has been with Scottish Premier League club since 2006, was seen draped in an Australian flag after the club's 5-1 Scottish Cup final win over local rival Hibernian at Hampden Park in May. McGowan was born and raised in Adelaide to Scottish parents and has represented Australia at every junior level, but had been linked with a change of allegiance. But speaking with The World Game, McGowan spoke of his love and commitment to Australia. "There has never been any doubt in my mind that Australia is the country I want to represent. I've always wanted to play for the senior national team," he said. The Socceroos play a friendly against Scotland in August and McGowan could be in line for his first senior cap. "It's been a dream and I'm hoping that if I keep working hard it will happen one day," he said.
Newcastle Jets coach Gary Van Egmond has voiced his disapproval at the rescheduled 'regional game' to be played in Campbelltown against A-League newcomer western Sydney in the 2012-13 season. The Jets played Adelaide United in Bathurst last season, giving the A-League great exposure in a regional area. Van Egmond accepts the FFA has a tough job constructing the draw but is disappointed with the regional game shun. "You can understand the FFA has quite a difficult task and you understand the FFA have a lot of people to please with the draw," he told the A-League's website. "But it seems to me playing our regional game in Cambelltown in western Sydney is not a regional game. You want to take the game to the regional areas that don't get access to the A-League. Regional areas such as Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Mudgee, don't it easy to get along to games and it would have been a good chance to take a game to them."
Matildas great Joey Peters has revealed her disappointment at being overlooked for the Newcastle Jet's W-League coaching position. Having worked as an assistant manager with the Jets last season, she had been hopeful of filling the vacant role left by Clayton Zane's move to the club's National Youth League team. Peters is undertaking work towards her coaching 'A' license and already has her 'B' equivalent, allowing her to coach at W-League Level. She met with NNSWF chief executive David Eland, and did not take kindly to the option she should apply for a female scholarship coach position with the Jets. "I was told that might be appropriate for me, but I'm extremely disappointed in that position," Peters told The Newcastle Herald. She will now focus her attention elsewhere and has been earmarked for a potential role with Central Coast Mariners, who hope to field a W-League side after 2013. "The Jets were the first option for me, but now I move on away from Northern. I've got a lot of other options."