Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Mariners open to Ryan move to Premier League, more speculation over Wanderers targets and much more
Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan will get the chance to join an English Premier League club if the right offer is made for him, according to his A-League club. The talented 20-year-old is on trial at London outfit Tottenham, after which he will join West Bromwich Albion and Wigan for similar spells. Mariners director of football Lawrie McKinna told The World Game the club would not stand in his way if the chance to clinch a move arose: "We have shown in the past we do not try and prevent players bettering themselves with the likes Mile Jedinak, Rostyn Griffiths, Matt Simon and Alex Wilkinson," he said. "If it's beneficial to the club and also to the player then you have to look at it because after all, football is a business. Mat is a great talent and he is going to go somewhere. He is still so young and has a huge career ahead of him and I feel he is certainly going to be good enough to play in the Premier league. We don't have a figure yet in our minds on what we would accept should an offer come. Right now, he's just there enjoying the opportunity to go there and train."
The Western Sydney Wanderers have reported handed a trial to attacking Brazilian full-back Andre Gasparini, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Also known as Andre Luiz, 24-year-old left full-back is available after spending leaving Campeonato Paulista Serie A3 outfit Sertaozinho, having previously been at Spanish fourth-tier club Yalcano Deportivo. He featured 12 times as Sertaozinho finished 13th in the 2011-12 campaign, but could become the Wanderers' first visa player if he impresses. Croatian striker Dino Kresinger is expected to beat him to that title, however, while former Newcastle Jets defensive utility Adam D'Apuzzo is also believed to be close to joining.
Meanwhile, Reece Caira - one of three Wanderers signings announced on Thurday - has acknowledged the challenge ahead of both him and his new club. Talking to The Parramatta Advertiser, the former Aston Villa youth player was delighted to sign a two-year deal at the A-League's newest club. "It's great that I get to become a foundation player but it's going to be a tough first season," the Australia Under-20 representative said. "I've always been interested to work with [Wanderers coach Tony] Popovic and I've finally got the chance. Hopefully I can have a few good seasons here... to help me get back into a European club [and] help keep up my progress with the Young Socceroos."
Sydney FC finally have a new shirt sponsor, agreeing terms with Webjet on a deal believed to be worth around AU$600,000. The club went sponsor-less on their jerseys in season 2011-12, bar a short period in which they sported charity organisation UNICEF on the front of their kits. The arrival of Tony Pignata - formerly of the Wellington Phoenix - as chief executive officer has changed all that, however: "Certainly it wouldn't have been ideal," Pignata told The Australian. "It wouldn't have looked good for a football brand like Sydney FC to go into another season without that key support."