Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Behich latest to be linked with Heart exit, Amini injury blow at Dortmund and much more
Melbourne Heart could have a much-changed defence for the 2012-13 A-League season if the rumour mill is to be believed. With central defenders Brendan Hamill set to move to Seongnam Ilhwa in the K-League and Curtis Good linked heavily with English Premier League club Newcastle United, left-back Aziz Behich is now reportedly a target for Turkish Super Lig heavyweights Besiktas. The Age says the 21-year-old Australia youth international could command a bid between $500,000 and $700,000. Heart have already lost last season's leading scorer Eli Babalj to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade, in a deal reportedly worth around $600,000.
Mustafa Amini's bright pre-season with Borussia Dortmund has been tarnished by sustaining a thigh injury in the club's latest friendly. Dortmund comfortably got by Erfurt 4-0 on Wednesday, with Amini and fellow Australian Mitch Langerak starting. But Amini - heavily involved in pre-season since completing his move from the Central Coast Mariners at the end of the 2011-12 A-League season - had to be withdrawn on 39 minutes through injury. Langerak was replaced in goal by regular No.1 Roman Weidenfeller at the break, as one of wholesale changes by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Sydney FC has added further pace to his front line with the promotion of Blake Powell from the club's National Youth League team. The 20-year-old played under new Sky Blues coach Ian Crook in the 2011-12 NYL campaign, and returns to the club after re-joining home-town club Sutherland Sharks for the New South Wales Premier League season. "Having coached [Blake] in the Sydney FC youth team I know what he is capable of and his style of football suits how we are trying to play," Crook said. "He's quick, smart and likes to run at people. I think he'll do well with us if he puts in the hard work and continues to improve."
Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante believes Chris Greenacre's move to assistant coach has been a seamless one so far. Greenacre confirmed on Wednesday he had retired and made the permanent move to the coaching staff, after combining both roles in the 2011-12 A-League. "He's a natural for it. We've always seen him as the type of player that can go into coaching and he's wanted to do it for years," Durante said. "It's been quite an easy transition from a players point of view. He's passionate about it. He's here at 7.30 in the morning and leaves at 5 o'clock at night. He's a perfectionist but so far he's fitted in seamlessly."