Bite-sized news for you to chew on - Ryan impresses in Tottenham trial, Jedinak wished promoted Federici well in the English Premier League and much more
The agent of Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan claims his client has made a good impression in his trial at English Premier League club Tottenham. The 2011-12 A-League goalkeeper of the year will conclude his time at Spurs on Friday, before moving on to similar spells with league rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic. "Mat has done well this week at Spurs and the feedback he has received has been very positive," the 20-year-old's agent Warren Craig told AAP. "His trial will finish tomorrow and then we will discuss with the club if they wish to take things further."
Mile Jedinak has wished Australia international team-mate Adam Federici well as the latter prepares for his first English Premier League season as Reading's No.1 goalkeeper. The 27-year-old shot-stopper had to be patient to first establish himself as the club's first choice, and then for another chance at England's top flight. Crystal Palace midfielder Jedinak, who faced Federici in the Championship last season, believes that patience is now paying off. "I loved playing against Fedders when I got the chance to last time, he pulled off a few great saves, a couple of headers from me, which I knew he was going to save, but it good to try and get close enough," Jedinak told the website of Football Australia. "I wish him all the best up there, I think he's had a phenomenal season last year and full credit to the guy, he’s worked his backside off and it just showed."
Auckland's North Harbour Stadium and Christchurch's AMI Stadium will host New Zealand's first two home OFC 2014 World Cup third-round qualifiers. The winner of the stage will meet the fourth-placed qualifier from CONCACAF, with the All Whites to face the Solomon Islands on September 11 and Oceania champions Tahiti on October 16. The latter will be the first time since February 2006's 1-0 victory over Malaysia that international football has been played in the South island. "It's been a long time between drinks for All Whites fans down south and it's exciting to be able to bring the national team back to Christchurch given what the region has given to the All Whites," New Zealland Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh said. "It's a strong footballing region and I'm sure they get out in numbers to help us get the points we need to get closer to a place in the intercontinental playoff." The venue for the All Whites' third home qualifier, on March 22, is yet to be decided.
Having yet to concede as part of the Western Sydney Wanderers defence, Nikolai Topor-Stanley is delighted with life at the A-League's new club. The former Newcastle Jets centre-back, 27, has featured in each of the Wanderers' three pre-season wins, and believes the team is coming together well. "Popa [coach Tony Popovic], being a centre back himself wants us to be tight across the back there, so to have had not conceded a goal so far is great but we need it to continue," Topor-Stanley said. "We're working hard together and really focusing on our fitness. We're putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform well. We've got a while to go but the more games that we get together, obviously the better we will feel around each other."