Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Jones linked with Liverpool exit, Kosmina supports Cahill's move to New York and much more
Reports in the United Kingdown have linked Liverpool's Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones to a move to English Premier League rivals Norwich City. The 30-year-old fringe Australia international has been used sparingly since shifting from Middlesbrough in 2010 for £2.3m, but The Daily Mail believe he is a target for Norwich manager Chris Hughton. The Canaries have John Ruddy as their No.1, with only 21-year-old Declan Rudd as back-up. Jones helped Liverpool reach the final of the 2012 FA Cup after suspensions to Pepe Reina and Doni, but has made just one league appearance for the Reds.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina believes Tim Cahill's move to Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls could ease the strain on his body and help him play for longer. Injuries have begun to play a part on the 32-year-old, with the Australia international scoring just two goals for English Premier League club Everton in the 2011-12 season. And Kosmina, who visited New York's rivals Los Angeles Galaxy in June, believes the move to the MLS should help prolong Cahill's career. "Tim's a realist and is very pretty much aware of where he is at with his football and his body," Kosmina told The World Game. "I am sure he would dearly have loved another year or two in the EPL but he's looked at last season and thought another campaign would be very tough on him physically. He could well have ended up sitting on the bench and not playing at all at Everton. Going to America takes the pressure off… the climate helps, and there are likely to fewer games in a season than he was used to at Everton."
He had to cool his heels momentarily, but now Central Coast's Mat Ryan gets his chance to earn his Spurs at English Premier League outfit Tottenham. Australia goalkeeping prospect Ryan has been offered the chance to train with Spurs' squad in the hope of potentially winning a move to the London club, but had his departure delayed as Tottenham wound up their pre-season tour of the United States. "This is such a good opportunity, the chance to train with one of the best teams in the EPL, maybe the world," Ryan told The Daily Telegraph before his departure. "So far as I know it's the first team I'll be working with, as there was a debate over whether to try to get me over before the tour of America they've just finished. They decided to wait, so now it's up to me to show my best this coming week. Spurs have got a new coach of course [in Andre Villas-Boas] and he's young, so hopefully he'll be interested in bringing some youngsters through if they're good enough... Obviously Spurs have got two older keepers in Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini, so there is an opportunity there. It's just up to me to prove I have the potential."
South Melbourne midfielder Jason Trifiro could be set for a move back to his hometown with new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers. The 24-year-old has been playing in the Victoria Premier League with South Melbourne, having initially moved south with Northcote City after stints in the New South Wales Premier League with Marconi and South Coast Wolves. Trifiro impressed in the Wanderers' pre-season match against Nepean FC last Wednesday, and South coach Peter Tsolakis believes he has seen the last of his talented creator. "He has signed for the new Sydney team, so he's going to the A-League," Tsolakis told mfootball.com. "That's fantastic for him… [he's] a quality player, VPL Player of the Year last year, all credit to him because he deserves the opportunity."