A-League cool on Kewell's second coming
Harry Kewell in March this year, during the round 25 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Melbourne Victory in Perth. Photo: Getty Images
Reports suggesting Harry Kewell was flying back to Melbourne today produced an expected flutter of interest on social media - and a distinctly underwhelming response at his old club, Melbourne Victory.
Asked whether he would like to sign the club's erstwhile superstar, were he to become available, Victory coach Ange Postecoglou responded with a succinct "not interested".
Melbourne Heart admitted that a third party - neither Kewell nor his management - had contacted them in a roundabout discussion some time ago, but there were no plans to move for the former Socceroo frontman.
Of course, they also covered themselves with the usual "but he is a magnificent player and a great talent and if he were to be available it is the duty of all clubs to look at such an opportunity", or words to that effect.
In translation, that means "We have no plans, but hey, if he were available for next to nothing, why wouldn't we even consider it just for a moment anyway - and then accept that if we were to sign him our vaunted youth policy would look rather daft and with Vince Grella and Richie Garcia on our books we might start to look more like a refuge for ageing Socceroos".
Still, Heart doesn't have a marquee player - captain Fred is believed to be paid out of the salary cap - and if it wanted to really get up the noses of Victory and its fans it could probably do nothing more inflammatory than get Kewell into a red and white shirt!
The rumour mill suggests Kewell has been offered around the A-League to a number of clubs.
It is a strange situation for a man who earlier this year was nominated as the Johnny Warren Football Foundation's best Australian player ever.
He showed in the second half of last season with Victory that, if fit, he still had the talent to make an impact in the A-League although he is not the matchwinner many expected him to be. The problem is that it would probably take him a couple of months to get match fit, given that he has barely played since March, when Victory's last campaign ended.
For football romantics the best outcome would probably be for Kewell - if he were to continue his playing career - to end up back where it all started, at West Sydney. But as one tweeter remarked, this trip might all be about Politix...