Rogic ready to jump through Hoops

IN THE space of a month, Tom Rogic could go from lining up against Alessandro Del Piero in the A-League to being in the frame to play Juventus in the Champions League after the Socceroo made his first foray into Europe by accepting a training invitation from Celtic.

Rogic will fly to Spain on Thursday to take part in a five-day training camp with the Scottish giants with a view to move permanently later in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old is serving a three-match suspension, and has been given the green light by Central Coast Mariners to train with the Glasgow club. The Mariners received the invitation from Celtic on Wednesday morning, and will allow him to train as they prepare for their Champions League knockout fixture against Italian giants Juventus. Rogic will train under Celtic manager Neil Lennon before returning on January 17, two days before his next eligible A-League game against Newcastle Jets.

Central Coast Mariners first received an inquiry from Celtic last week but are yet to receive a firm offer to sign Rogic. The January transfer window will be the last opportunity for Mariners to cash in on the star before he will be able to leave for free at the end of the season.

Mariners director of football, Lawrie McKinna, said the training stint with Celtic was a great opportunity for Rogic to further his development while suspended from A-League games. “This is a great opportunity for Tomas to train with Celtic’s first team squad. Celtic are in their mid-season break and are busy preparing for their Champions League matches against Juventus starting in February, so Tom will undoubtedly learn a lot from the experience,” McKinna said.

Wednesday was the A-League’s busiest day for transfers in several years, even if the transfer window doesn’t officially open until Monday.

Western Sydney formally confirmed that Rocky Visconte had signed with the club until the end of the season after the left-sided midfielder was released by Brisbane Roar on Tuesday.

“I have seen and heard that there is something very special happening out here at Western Sydney, and I am very happy to join the club,” Visconte said. “This club is sitting in the top four so it is obviously doing something very positive, and I want to take the next three months and show what I have got.”

Melbourne Victory released 20-year-old defender Petar Franjic and 18-year-old striker Julius Davies after both struggled to play first-team football this season.

However, Davies didn’t have to wait long to find a home, with the Roar announcing by mid-afternoon the Liberian-born attacker, who previously spent time in Bayern Munich’s youth set-up, had signed a 2½-year deal.

“He’s an exciting young prospect, quick, creative, and I’m sure the Brisbane Roar fans will enjoy seeing him play,” Roar coach Mike Mulvey said. “He’s someone I’m sure the other players will enjoy having around, and one I think that can terrorise the opposition on the pitch.”

Adelaide United bolstered their squad for the future with the signing of South Australian teenagers, Kenyan-born winger Awer Mabil and defender Jordan Elsey.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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