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Perth Glory to release Travis Dodd

The club have announced they will not be renewing the contract of 34-year-old forward Travis Dodd at the end of the season. Dodd has not played this season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in March 2013.

Mariners make emergency landing

A Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth was forced into an emergency landing in Adelaide due to smoke on the plane. The flight, which had the Central Coast Mariners squad on board, landed safely in Adelaide. The Mariners take on the Glory on Saturday night.

Giovanni Trapattoni
 linked with Sydney FC


News Limited are reporting that representatives of the former Italy coach have offered his services to the Sky Blues, who may part company with Frank Farina at the end of the season. The report claims outgoing FFA technical director Han Berger is being targeted to take over as director of football.

Joel Chianese in the dark

Out of contract at the end of the season, the young striker is unsure whether or not he will be offered a new deal by the Sky Blues.

"I hope Sydney does come to me with an offer and something to consider but I'll have to look after myself if the offer doesn't come from Sydney," he told the FFA website.

Leverkusen non-committal on Mark Birighitti

The Bundesliga club are reluctant to comment on whether or not they will make a permanent move for the Newcastle Jets goalkeeper following his recent trial in Germany.

"He has done well and we will see how things might develop but this is right now too early to address to the general public," a Leverkusen spokesperson told the FFA website.

"It is true that Mark has had a try-out here at Leverkusen some days ago. That's all which we can say right now."

Santalab hearing continues

The FFA disciplinary hearing into Brendan Santalab's alleged racial and cultural vilification of Ali Abbas has been adjourned again, with a verdict due next week.

Appiah-Kubi turning Japanese

Western Sydney Wanderers forward Kwabena Appiah-Kubi has his heart set on playing the J-League after visiting the country in the AFC Champions League.

"As soon as I got to Japan and played the first game against Shimizu S Pulse I knew that Japan was a place that I want to play one day in my career," he told The Daily Telegraph.

"I just love this place, it's beautiful, the fans are football mad and the quality on the pitch is just outstanding.

"Definitely one day I'd like to be playing for a team in Japan."

Luke DeVere considers Gyeongnam exit

The centre-back could soon be looking to move from his K-League club after finding his playing time limited.

"There hasn't been the amount of game-time I was after in the past year," he told FourFourTwo.

"There's a few things going on at the club which are out of my control.

"If games aren't forthcoming here, hopefully some opportunities will come up and I'll be allowed to move on."

Jerome Polenz claims Roar are scared of Wanderers

In a bullish mood ahead of their clash on Saturday night, Western Sydney's German fullback has taken aim at the premiers from Brisban.

"I think they just fear our power," Polenz said.

"I think they fear us a bit because last season we won three times so we must show them, especially in Parramatta, that we are their hardest opponent. We're the team to beat."

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