A-League club Perth Glory have denied reports that a deal has been finalised for Socceroos defender Chris Coyne to return to Australia.
A report in the Herald Sun quoted Coyne’s management as having said the Australia international had agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the club.
However, Perth have released a statement denying that any such deal has been done, insisting that the 30 year-old remains a Colchester United player.
“Perth Glory is aware of media reports claiming Socceroos defender Chris Coyne has accepted a contract to join the club,” the statement read.
“Perth Glory has not received official notification that Coyne has been released from his current contract and as such he remains a Colchester United player.”
Speculation has been rife with regards to Coyne’s future over the past few weeks, with the player reportedly having been offered a contract to move to Dubai, amongst others.
Though his preference appears to be for a return to his native Australia, the wage restrictions placed on A-League clubs has been identified as the main obstacle to Perth acquiring his signature.
The club have already anointed fellow international Mile Sterjovski as their marquee player for this season.
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