Bite-sized news for you to chew over - New Sydney FC striker sets goals for new season, Reddy finds an unlikely new home and much more
New Sydney FC signing Kruno Lovrek has set his sights high for his debut A-League season. The much-travelled Croatian, who signed for the Sky Blues from Chinese Super League outfit Qingdao Jonoon on July 5, has wasted little time outlining his targets for the coming campaign. "Firstly it's important that the club makes a good result because last year Sydney finished in 6th position, but me personally I want to score many goals and play good. More than ten goals is the target," he told the club's website, going on to reveal a powerful shot and dribbling skills were among his more prominent qualities.
Western Sydney Wanderers appear set to make a decision on several triallists in the club's friendly against Nepean FC on Wednesday. The A-League's newest club have just nine names to their squad ahead of the beginning of the 2012-13 season in October, with several players vying to impress coach Tony Popovic while on trial. A host of New South Wales Premier League of former A-League players are among them, including ex-Gold Coast United goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson, midfielder Panny Nikas and Tahj Minniecon. "It is an opportunity for us to view players in a game situation and see how they perform in that environment," Wanderers general manager of football John Tsatimas told Four Four Two Australia. "Then it's a matter for the coaching staff to assess their performance on a different platform and make judgments from there."
Former Sydney FC goalkeeper Liam Reddy has found a new club, signing a two-year deal at Iranian Pro League club Esteghlal FC. The 30-year-old, who also spent time at A-League clubs Brisbane Roar, the Newcastle Jets, and the Wellington Phoenix earlier in his career, was sacked by the Sky Blues in April after admitting to intoxication during a club flight. Reddy had lost his place at Sydney to Ivan Necevski during the 2011-12 A-League season after being found guilty of 'serious misconduct'. He has now joined the seven-time IPL champions, who have just signed legendary Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam from La Liga outfit Osasuna and have former Bolton Wanderers full-back Jlloyd Samuel in their squad.
Preston North End's Australian off-season signing Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has been handed the No.6 at his new club. The former Leeds United trainee, who spent the last four seasons at Shrewsbury Town, joined Preston on a free transfer after the 2011-12 campaign. Countryman Bailey Wright - despite being transfer-listed at the League One club - has retained his No.26, with both he and Cansdell-Sherriff starting in defence for Preston in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bamber Bridge on Monday.