Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Another reported signing for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Moriyasu set to exit the Sky Blues and more
Western Sydney Wanderers have reportedly swelled their squad numbers to 11, with Adam D'Apuzzo joining Jason Trifiro in signing for the A-League's newest club. Trifiro's signing was mentioned Monday's short passes, with The Sydney Morning Herald now claiming former Newcastle Jets defensive utility D'Apuzzo has joined him in Wanderers colours. Now 25, D'Apuzzo spent five seasons at the Jets before quitting to concentrate on his study back in his hometown of Sydney. But the former Australia Under-23 is reportedly back in the A-League, joining midfielder Trifiro at the fledgling outfit.
The Sydney FC career of Japanese midfielder Hirofumi Moriyasu appears over. The Daily Telegraph claims the 27-year-old was absent from training on Monday and has been offered a payout to end his contract a season before it was set to expire, with coach Ian Crook keen to free up a visa spot in his squad. Shimizu S-Pulse product Moriyasu has spent two seasons at the Sky Blues, making 36 appearances before joining New South Wales Premier League club APIA Leichhardt at the end of the 2011-12 A-League campaign.
Former North Queensland Fury coach Franz Straka has revealed how he quit his post as coach of Slavia Prague after threats to the safety of him and his family. A favourite of bitter Czech Liga rivals Sparta Prague, Straka revealed to Four Four Two Australia how he was hounded out after just five months in the job. "I came back from Australia and I got an offer from Slavia Prague," he told the website. "If I can explain to you, Slavia Prague and Sparta Prague, it is like Celtic and Rangers. The first day at Slavia Prague, it was like a small war. The people hated me. The fans did everything they could, I go out and they started attacking my private zone. They attacked my house. I had bodyguards if I travel from my house to the stadium. Can you imagine this? This is unbelievable. Every day I fear if something happens or not, if they attack my daughter or my wife." Straka's time at the Fury ended with the demise of the A-League club at the end of the 2010-11 season, with the Czech unable to find another coaching role in Australia despite establishing himself as a popular figure on the touchline.