Harry Kewell’s stalled A-League move has regathered momentum with Sydney FC confirming they are still talking to the Socceroo star’s agent.
Kewell’s manager Bernie Mandic declared earlier this week the move to either Sydney FC or Melbourne Victory was dead.
That followed the breakdown of talks with Football Federation Australia (FFA) over a top-up component to his club contract.
But Sydney FC chief executive Dirk Melton said the Sky Blues remain in discussions with Mandic and have put a raft of proposals to Kewell and his family to bring him back to his home town.
“My frequent discussions with Bernie have been very enjoyable…he has provided me significant insight into Harry’s football, life after football and community-oriented goals,” Melton said.
“This has enabled the club to put together some concepts that we believe can assist Harry achieve these goals and we hope he and his family find them compelling.
“We are still talking and we believe that it is important for the continued evolution of the game in Australia that Socceroos playing abroad can successfully finish their careers at home.”
Melbourne Victory have also expressed their confidence Kewell will eventually sign with them despite the FFA stalemate.
Managing director Richard Wilson said this week he was confident Kewell would choose the Victory, who had agreed to pay him under a complex revenue-sharing arrangement.
With no word yet on Kewell signing anywhere else, the odds of a backflip and the 32-year-old eventually signing an A-League deal are shortening significantly.
But while Kewell has agreed to terms with both clubs, both Sydney FC and the Victory have denied any deal has been signed – as rumours in recent days have suggested.
Kewell’s management want a cut of away gate receipts for the FFA’s contribution to his wage.
The FFA has rejected that proposal, instead offering a fixed fee – believed to be $250,000 – to Kewell for marketing the game and the A-League.
Buford Balony says: Over-rated, underachieving, injury prone hack. Why bother? Oh yeah, and I forgot…he has the personality of a plankton.