Extend The A-League Transfer Window Says Farina

Plus Glory say no to Michael Owen and Mat Ryan is not on his way to Rangers.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is a little fed up with the A-League’s transfer window and can’t understand why it’s so out of sync with the rest of the world.

Farina has taken exception to the rule because it affects his club- the lowly Sky Blues signed striker Joel Griffiths after his contract with Shanghai Shenhua finished late last year. The problem is they can’t use him until the A-League transfer window opens on January 14th.

The timing of our transfer window is the problem according to Farina. Many of the comparitive leagues in Asia have already begun their transfer period when ours comes around and it’s causing confusion.

“I don't agree with the window here at the moment,” said Farina.

“It's not as if he (Griffiths) is still contracted to a club – but he can't start playing until the 14th which, for me, is crazy.

“It's strange that he can't play for those two weeks.”

Sydney FC are also in the hunt for a central defender, but a number of factors, presumably the transfer period and budget, means the hunt will be limited.

Shoulder surgery means upcoming Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan won’t be able to travel to Scotland and trial with Glasgow Rangers.

The club announced earlier in the week that Ryan would miss a game due to the trial, but that has now been “indefinitely postponed”. The odd thing is that the injury is so minor Ryan is expected to suit up for Sunday’s game against the Melbourne Victory.

The original Scottish plan seemed a bit iffy in the first place. Rangers are no longer anywhere near Scotland’s first division while Ryan is touted as a future Socceroo starter.

Perth Glory opted against pursuing former England captain Michael Owen due to his advanced age.

The 33-year-old was linked to the club earlier in the week, but discussions between Owen’s club, Stoke City, and Perth didn’t eventuate into much.

Owen has been troubled by a hamstring injury this season and has barely played for Stoke.

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