Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Spiranovic could have been a Red, blow for Kamara, Perry finds a new home and Brebner hangs up the boots
Matt Spiranovic could have been at English Premier League club Liverpool if manager Brendan Rodgers had had his way. The former Swansea City coach reportedly enquired about Spiranovic before the 2012-13 season, only to be told the Australia international defender had already joined Qatari club Al-Arabi from J-League outfit Urawa Reds. "Brendan likes ball-playing defenders and was impressed with what he saw of Matthew in the game against Wales," a source at Liverpool told The World Game. "He initially wanted to take him to Swansea and when he got the Liverpool job, he asked the question. But the timing wasn't quite right with Matthew already committed to Al-Arabi. It's a tribute to him that Brendan Rodgers rates him so highly."
Adelaide United will be without exciting teenager Teeboy Kamara indefinitely after the Australia youth international was diagnosed with a medical condition that prohibits him from playing contact sport. The 16-year-old Liberia-born forward made his debut for the Reds during the 2011-12 A-League season but now faces a stint on the sidelines, with United keeping the details of his condition confidential. "Adelaide United FC, in consultation with Teeboy’s principal specialist, will monitor his progress at regular intervals," a statement from the club read on Wednesday. "Teeboy remains on the Reds’ squad list pending what the club hopes will be a full recovery as to enable him to resume."
Sydney FC will allow Ellyse Perry to continue to compete in both football and cricket after signing the 21-year-old for the 2012-13 W-League season. Perry has left reigning champions Canberra United after the club intimated it wanted her to choose between football and cricket, with the defender representing Australia at both sports. "I'm excited to be able to play for Sydney FC and also grateful to both clubs [Sydney FC and Cricket NSW] for allowing me to continue my dream of playing both sports," Perry said via statement. "It's no secret that I want to continue to play both sports and this allows me to do so… Sydney FC has always been one of the best teams in the W-League with some amazing players and I look forward to joining them and hopefully playing a part." Sky Blues coach Alen Stajcic said he was confident Perry could juggle both commitments to "make a strong contribution to the Sydney FC side".
Former Melbourne Victory midfielder Grant Brebner will retire from playing at the end of the 2012 Victorian Premier League season. The Scot, 34, joined VPL outfit Moreland Zebras midway in July and was elevated to head coach a month later when Joe Palatsides departed for an assistant coaching role at Melbourne Heart in August. He has been unable to save the club from relegation, and has now revealed he will hang up the boots when the Zebras finish their campaign. "I'll retire at the end of the year and look at the next chapter," Brebner told the club's website. "If I get the opportunity to [continue coaching Moreland in 2013], I will."