Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Ryan hoping for Spurs chance after trial, Paartalu speculation rumbles on at Roar and much more
A shoulder injury may have cut his time on trial in the United Kingdom short, but Mat Ryan is hopeful of clinching his overseas move nonetheless. Ryan told The Daily Mail there "seemed to be some interest" from English Premier League club Tottenham, where the Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper spent the majority of his trip. Ryan's time at fellow EPL club West Bromwich Albion was cut short and a stint at Wigan cancelled due to his injury, but the player's manager revealed there was some possibility Spurs could follow up the trial with something more permanent. "Spurs and the Mariners are chatting, and we'll see what comes from that," he said. "Discussions are at an early stage but if something can be agreed then of course at that point we'd start to think seriously about Mat's side of it."
The future of Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu continues to be clouded in doubt. The Courier-Mail has revealed German star Thomas Broich had been elevated to the club's marquee player eight months ago, with the subsequent space cleared under the A-League outfit's salary cap then spent to keep captain Matt Smith and prolific striker Besart Berisha at the club. But the move could drive a further wedge between Paartalu's management and the club's hierarchy, with the player reportedly interesting United Arab Emirates Pro-League club Baniyas a lucrative deal. "I'm at the stage now where I'm in disbelief with the way they are treating him," Paartalu's agent David O'Keefe told the Brisbane newspaper.
Perth Glory midfielder Adrian Zahra is bidding to put 'that' tackle behind him at his new club. While with Melbourne Heart, the 21-year-old seriously injured his knee after a horror challenge by then-Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat in January 2011. Having worked his way back from that injury and then subsequently moved to A-League rivals Perth, Zahra is relishing the chance to reinvigorate his career. "It's just time for everyone else to put it behind them as much as I have," Zahra told Four Four Two Australia. "In Melbourne every second person who stopped you was asking how your knee is and if Musky had apologised, whereas I had put it behind me and didn't want to think about it anymore. So it was probably best to just get away from it. I've got a fresh start and a chance to prove to everyone I'm still the player I was beforehand."
Three of the Wellington Phoenix's school of excellence members could be handed chances to impress in the wake of the suspensions dealt out by Football Federation Australia's match review panel. Manny Muscat [four weeks], Ben Sigmund [three] and captain Andrew Durante [two] will all miss at least some of the Phoenix's pre-season tour of India, which includes four matches against local opposition and kicks off on Friday against United Sikkim. Their absences could mean increased chances for the likes of Tyler Boyd, Louie Fenton and Luke Rowe to impress: "I'm delighted the club's vision and initiative in setting up the project has begun so well," Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said. "It has been satisfying to watch such a dedicated group of young players who are seeking contracts progress so well. Now this opportunity has arisen it will expose their strengths and weaknesses and give us a chance to see where they are at."