Young star Tom Rogic was absent due to suspension during the Central Coast Mariners’ 1-0 win over the Perth Glory on Monday and the club will have to fight tooth and nail to see the Socceroo suit up for them again.
Rogic, serving the first of a three week suspension for a reckless tackle, and teammate Mat Ryan have attracted the attention of a number of overseas clubs and will likely move onto greener pastures during the January transfer window.
Rogic’s contract is an expiring one and the Mariners may look to flip him during the transfer window rather than lose him for nothing and the midfielder has attracted attention from clubs in England, Italy and Belgium.
EPL strugglers Reading could see the 20-year-old move to the world’s biggest sporting league within weeks- their offer is said to be the strongest one yet. Ryan has drawn interest from English second division club Derby County. Fox Sports is reporting both deals have been agreed upon in principal.
Rogic has been playing professionally for just a year, and probably should already be playing for Reading, but was turned down by English immigration authorities 13 months ago for a lack of experience.
It won’t be great news for Mariners coach Graham Arnold who has lost established players Matt Simon, Rostyn Griffiths and captain Alex Wilkinson in the past year.
''You build a team in June, July and August to try and be successful and win a title, so if we're to lose those two players, as a coach, it would be extremely disappointing. But, from the club's side of things, the nature of the A-League is that clubs are all financially struggling, most of them, and it's the only major income that most clubs get that can benefit the health of the club,'' he said.
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