Chianese misses out at Swindon Town

The former Sydney FC forward was trialling in England's League One but has not been offered a contract, paving the way for an A-League return

The A-League could be back on the radar of Joel Chianese after the former Sydney FC striker missed out on a contract with Swindon Town, despite scoring twice in a friendly.

Chianese had been trialing with the League One outfit since last month in the hope of securing a contract, after being released by the Sky Blues at the end of the last A-League season.

With Socceroos Massimo Luongo and Brad Smith already at the club, Chianese was hoping to join his compatriots as the Robins chase promotion to the English Championship.

Despite scoring twice for the club's development side in a 4-2 friendly loss to Cheltenham Town last week, the 24-year-old didn't do enough to impress and earn a full-time contract.

"I think when you look at triallists, they have to be better than what we've got and I just didn't quite feel he (Chianese) was at that level," Swindon boss Mark Cooper said on BBC Wiltshire's fan's phone-in (

While Chianese was hopeful of continuing his career abroad, he could again try his luck in the A-League.

The pacy attacker debuted for Sydney back in 2011 and scored 11 goals for the club in 40 appearances.

He endured a mixed campaign for the Sky Blues last season, scoring four times in 18 games but also missed a number of matches through injury.

Chianese was playing for Sydney United, who are coached by former Sky Blues defender Mark Rudan, in the NPL NSW before he headed to England for his trial with Swindon Town.