Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Wanderers signing talks of delight, Ognenovski eyes move to Qatar and much more
Western Sydney Wanderers signing Kwabena Appiah-Kubi has spoken of the his delight as moving within sight of his A-League dream. The 20-year-old - born in New Zealand and of Ghanaian descent - was one of the new club's first three signings, along with Aaron Mooy and Tarek Elrich. But having been raised in western Sydney and having returned to New South Wales Premier League outfit Parramatta FC after a spell with the Central Coast Mariners' National Youth League side, the youngster fits the bill as a local signing for the Wanderers. "It's unbelievable… I don't know really how to react," Appiah-Kubi told The Australian. "I am very thrilled. It is a privilege to be part of the inaugural squad and I can't wait for training. It has been my dream to play in the A-League. I have been working for that for ages and now that it is close I just can't wait."
Australia international defender Sasa Ognenovski could be destined for a move to western Asia in a bid to keep his 2014 World Cup chances alive. The 33-year-old in the last year of his contract with K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa, and wants to ease the strain on his body by playing less league games. Two teams from west Asia are reportedly interested in securing the former Brisbane Roar centre-back's signature: "More than likely my next move will be to Qatar," Ognenovski told The World Game. "The idea is to lessen the load on my body a little bit. This season in the K-League we play 44 league games. We've played seven Asian Champions League games and a couple of FA Cup games, so it's quite demanding. That's a pretty heavy work load and there are never any easy games. Also coaches here never pull you out, even if you're suffering fatigue. I just want to look after my body a bit more and maybe play 35 games a season, rather than say 50."
The Wellington Phoenix are set to trial Uruguayan midfielder Joaquin Noy, while New Zealand international Michael Boxall is also among the club's transfer targets as coach Ricki Herbert looks to complete his squad. The Phoenix have 17 players signed for the 2012-13 A-League season, with one visa place and two Under-21 spots still to be filled. Montevideo Wanderers reserve-team captain Noy, 19, will arrive on Thursday for a trial, while Boxall is available after his release from MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps. "I haven't spoken to Michael but that's a possible discussion. If we could get him under the cap then it's a chance," Herbert told The Dominion Post. The eight members of the Phoenix's new school of excellence are among those vying for the vacant Under-21 places, while Herbert is likely to be without midfielder Lucas Pantelis for the season opener in October, having contracting an infection in his knee after long-term injury.
Eddy Bosnar's form for Suwon Bluebirds has won him a place in the K-League's 2012 All-Star team. The left-sided defender has been named at full-back after a sterling campaign for Suwon, helping the Bluebirds reach second on the league table after 17 matches. Sydney-born Bosnar, 32, moved to Suwon from Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League before the 2012 season, and hit a memorable goal for the Bluebirds in May.