Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has confirmed he is looking in England and Holland ahead of the new A-League season for a left-back.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is missing one final piece to complete his squad puzzle and has confirmed he’ll look in Europe to find it.
Arnold said he was specifically after a left-back to bolster his defensive stocks and, with two visa spots still left, was in early negotiations with players in England and Holland.
And with seven weeks until the A-League season kicks-off on October 11, the coach is happy to play the waiting game to ensure he gets who he wants at a bargain price.
“I’d like to get one more player in,” Arnold said on Friday.
“We’re a bit short at the left-back position at the moment with only Alex Gersbach there.
“No doubt, it will be a foreign player because we’ve got two visa spots left and we’ve scouted almost the whole of Australia and we haven’t found anything.
“We’re speaking to one or two Dutchmen and a couple of Englishmen as well.
“But this one, I’m just staying patient with because the transfer window is going to shut in Europe on August 31. After that time, players get more desperate and hopefully the price will come down.”
Sydney are not lacking in firepower at the front with several recruits in Bernie Ibini, Shane Smeltz, Alex Brosque and marquee Marc Janko.
Arnold says his new-look side is already starting to find cohesion and is confident he’ll be able to plug Sydney’s leaky defence.
“I think I’ve got two fantastic leaders in Sasa Ognenovski and Nikola Petkovic and I need those two guys to lead from the back, be the voice of the team on the field and I need them to drive the rest of the team forward,” he said.
“Things are gelling well together at the moment.
“There’s still a lot of work to do and a long way to go but I’m very happy at the moment. It’s all starting to come together.”
The Sky Blues flew out to Townsville on Friday for a pre-season tournament against Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and Northern Fury.