Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Troisi clinches Juve move, Griffiths anticipates sweet homecoming at Kogorah and much more
James Troisi's long-awaited move to Juventus - and subsequent loan to Serie A rivals Atalanta - has finally gone through. The 24-year-old Australia international winger had to be patient for his transfer to be confirmed, with Troisi part of a complicated deal that also involved the sale of striker Manolo Gabbiardini to Juve. Like Troisi, Gabbiardini has been immediately loaned out, to Bologna. Troisi left Turkish Super Lig club Kayserispor after a pay dispute, and has now signed a long-term deal at Juve. "It's a four-year contract and a great opportunity for James who has always wanted to play in Italy," Troisi's agent and father Alby told The World Game. "It has taken some time to become a reality but he now just wants to get on with his football career and see what it can take him."
Sydney FC have completed their pre-season schedule, announcing their remaining friendlies ahead of the 2012-13 A-League season kick-off in October. The Sky Blues will play all bar two of their seven matches in Sydney, with Ian Crook's side to finish their programme with trips to A-League rivals Brisbane Roar on September 16 and the Newcastle Jets on September 22. Before that, they will play several New South Wales Premier and Super League clubs, beginning on Wednesday against St George at Jubilee Oval. "We're delighted to be able to finalise the pre season program with matches against State League and A-League teams that sees the team playing games in all parts of Sydney," Sydney FC chief executive officer Tony Pignata.
Sydney FC defender Adam Griffiths, meanwhile, is looking forward to playing in front of some familiar faces when the Sky Blues take on St George. Griffiths was a junior player at nearby Menai Hawks, and wants a big crowd to make its way down to Kogorah for the match. "Having grown up in the area, I'm sure a few of my mates won't miss the chance to come and watch," Griffiths said. "And I'm looking forward to getting another game under my belt. The boys have been training very hard in anticipation of the new season starting and we want to maintain winning form."
Australia's Under-16 side has drawn 0-0 with the youth team of Bolivian club The Strongest in their friendly on Sunday. Having lost to the Under-19 side in their tour opener, the Joeys performed well in La Paz but could not find the back of the net. "It was such a pleasing performance today, close to being the best we have had in terms of our defensive team tasks. We not only created some excellent chances but for large periods of the game, particularly in the first half we controlled the tempo of the game," coach Alastair Edwards said. "We have been working specifically on the players' individual defending and group defensive tasks over the past few days and collectively todays performance showed great progress against a physically imposing Bolivian team." The Joeys will play a further three matches as part of the tour, which is part of the side's preparations for the AFC Under-16 Championship in Iran in September.