Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Paartalu reiterates Roar stay... for now, key signing for W-League champions Canberra United and more
Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu has again reiterated his desire to leave negotiations on an extension to his deal until the end of the 2012-13 A-League season. Paartalu, 26, is in his last year of his contract at the Roar and has been frustrated by an attempt to nut out a new deal. He was linked with a move to United Arab Emirates Pro-League club Baniyas, but is now out to concentrate on on-field matters. "After careful consideration regarding my contract talks, I feel it is better for both parties that these negotiations take place at the end of the season so that I can focus 100 percent on the task ahead and have no further distractions during the all important pre-season build up," Paartalu said via statement. "I am looking forward to the year ahead with renewed vigour."
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic was left content by his side's 1-0 win over WDSC Wolves on Tuesday. The A-League's new club claimed victory from the spot through striker Mark Bridge with 10 minutes remaining, but it was the process and not the result that pleased Popovic. "It was a very competitive match, it was a good hit-out, played on a nice pitch and we got to run out a few of our new players and triallists in the process," Popovic told the club's website. "Both Dino [Kresinger] and Jerome [Polenz] both had 30 minutes last night so it is all part of going through the right steps to get us to where we want to be. We created a number of opportunities but the Wolves were a very good opposition last night, they are coming second in their competition for a reason so it was a good run for us."
Canberra United have secured the star signing of Germany international Ariane Hingst for the 2012-13 W-League season. Capable of playing in defence and midfield, the 33-year-old spent last season with the Newcastle Jets but now becomes a key signing in United's title defence. "I am really happy about signing with Canberra United and playing yet another season in the Westfield W-League with one of the best teams," the two-time Women's World Cup winner said from Germany. "It's always a great challenge to be the one to be scouted and I can't wait to bring in all my skills and experience to help win the title. I already have great impressions about the professional work in Canberra and after being in contact with head coach Jitka Klimkova about pre-season training, I can't wait to finally meet the team at the end of September and get the ball rolling again."
Wellington Phoenix assistant coach Chris Greenacre believes academy members Louis Fenton and Tyler Boyd can add to the club's striking options in the 2012-13 campaign. The duo are among several players in the running for two Under-21 spots in the Phoenix's senior squad, and have impressed during Wellington's pre-season tour of India. "With myself and Tim Brown retiring, we were a little light in the forward area, so we've pushed those two players on further than the others in terms of game time," Greenacre told The Dominion Post from Shillong. "Those two have been given the opportunity and taken it." Boyd is a 17-year-old striker, while Fenton, 19, is an attacking midfielder.