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Duke excited for Mariners homecoming


The Western Sydney Wanderers attacker is ready to return to where his career began on Saturday against Central Coast Mariners.

Duke joined the Mariners in 2011 and spent four seasons with the club before sealing a move to Japan.

Now back in the A-League with the Wanderers, Duke admits returning to Gosford will be a weird feeling. 

"It's going to be a bit surreal I think, playing at the stadium on the opposite side," Duke said on Thursday.

"I started my career there professionally in the A-League so I'm excited to get there and play. 

"I won the league and championship while I was there so I had great success, amazing memories and something that will last forever." 


A-League Rev-Up: A must-win for Sydney FC as Rudan's Nix look to rebound


A tantalising top-of-the-table clash between Sydney FC and Perth Glory kicks off Round 26 with finals football just around the corner.

Though the Premiers' Plate has been lifted by Tony Popovic's side, the Sky Blues face a stern test to cement second spot with Melbourne Victory breathing down their neck. 

Read Rev-Up in full here.

Roar captain McKay set to retire


Matt McKay is set to add his name to a growing list of A-League regulars to retire at season's end after over 300 appearances for Brisbane Roar.

The 36-year-old is expected to confirm his retirement on Thursday according to The Courier Mail, after a difficult final season with the Roar.

McKay's club career took him to Scotland, South Korea and China, while he played 59 times for the Socceroos. 

Read the full story here.

Sydney FC keen for Bobo reunion


The Sky Blues are reportedly close to bringing their former Brazilian striker back to Sydney.

According to The World Game, Sydney FC are in discussions with Bobo, who is a free agent after a failed stint in Turkey.

The attacker would have to accept a downgraded deal to what he was on previously with the Sky Blues set to offer him a one-year contract inside the cap. 

Sydney FC will have spots available in the final third next season with Alex Brosque retiring while Siem de Jong and Reza Ghoochannejhad are both expected to return to Europe after their loan spells. 

Melbourne City set to extend Warren Joyce's contract - report


Under-pressure Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce is set to be backed by the club's City Football Group owners and surprisingly be handed a contract extension.

Read the story.

Arzani returns to Manchester City


Socceroos prodigy Daniel Arzani has returned to parent club Manchester City from Celtic to undergo the rest of his recovery from a knee injury.

The 20-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament during his debut for the Celtic first team - subsequently ruling him out for the reason, including Australia's 2019 Asian Cup campaign.

Arzani will continue his rehabilitation under the watchful eye of Manchester City's medical staff before returning to Celtic when fit to complete the second year of his loan deal.

The typical nine-to-12 month recovery from an ACL injury should see Arzani return to full training with the Hoops in the latter half of pre-season.

Mat Ryan's Brighton move into relegation trouble


Cardiff City boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a crucial 2-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton could have moved eight points clear of Cardiff, who occupy the final relegation spot in the table, with a win on Tuesday, yet it was the Bluebirds who triumphed thanks to goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison.

The Seagulls may well point to what appeared to be a clear penalty not given their way, but Chris Hughton's side were punished for missing a glut of early chances when Mendez-Laing struck midway through the first half.

And their hopes of a comeback were dashed five minutes after the restart, visiting captain Morrison heading home to move Cardiff to within two points of their rivals, albeit Brighton do have a game in hand.

Brighton still have tough matches to come in their league schedule, including Wolves (A), Tottenham (A), Arsenal (A) and Manchester City (H).

Sky Blues marquee De Jong eyeing A-League title and ACL progression


Sydney FC gun Siem de Jong believes his team can beat Perth Glory on Thursday and make it through to the Asian Champions League knockouts.

Read the full story.

The Bankwest Stadium seat that no one wants


Parramatta's new 30,000 seat stadium looks to be a wonderful addition to the Australian sporting landscape with A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers to be one of the major tenants.

But there is one seat at the venue you want to avoid.

See why.

A-League run home: Melbourne Victory face almost impossible battle to overhaul Sky Blues


Melbourne Victory are up against it to finish in the top two with the draw opening up for Sydney FC after Perth Glory's Premiers Plate victory.

Read the story.

Brosque announces his retirement


Sydney FC legend Alex Brosque has committed to calling it quits from the A-League at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old retires as the club's most capped player - winning three premierships, two championships and scoring 66 goals in his 10 seasons at the Sky Blues.

"Football and Sydney FC has allowed me to have some of the most incredible experiences I could ever have imagined,” Brosque said.

"To have been able to do something I’ve loved ever since I was a young boy, and for this long, is incredibly humbling."

A-League Winners and Losers: Perth's path to Glory a shining light for struggling teams


Perth Glory achieved their first success in the A-League with a wonderful execution of a plan laid out after a disappointing campaign last season.

Read the full piece.

Sky Blues overwhelm midfield while Wanderers pin hopes on set pieces


Shabab Hossain analyses the tactics used by both coaches in the 1-1 derby draw between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

See the analysis.

Western United announce the signings of Pain, Aspro and Cavallo


New A-League franchise Western United have confirmed the acquisitions of trio Connor Pain, Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Joshua Cavallo.

Pain, 25, is the highest profile of the three recruits, returning to Melbourne after a three-year stint at Central Coast Mariners - with his career beginning at Victory in 2012.

Aspro, 22, also joins from the Gosford-based club, having spent only one season on the Central Coast following a move from Western Sydney Wanderers.

Cavallo is a 19-year-old central midfielder on the books of Melbourne City and has featured for the Australian under 19 team previously.

The trio joins a swag of signings for the new franchise including Greek marquee Panagiotis Kone, Socceroos defender Josh Risdon, Connor Chapman and Aaron Calver.