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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.

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...

11 comments

  • Come on Wanderers. It would be great to have Harry back here.

    Commenter
    Craig
    Location
    Blacktown
    Date and time
    October 26, 2012, 12:33PM
    • Nearly all sporting 'mega-stars' talk about giving something back. Few ever really do it unless they can see something in it for themselves. Harry Kewell can buck that trend by offering his signature to Western Sydney Wanderers and accepting whatever their average player salary is. He doesn't need the money and considering he is a product of the region, he as much as anyone, surely wants to see the new franchise succeed?

      Commenter
      Baron
      Location
      The Ranch
      Date and time
      October 26, 2012, 12:59PM
      • Hot tip is he's back for the Melbourne Cup. Would love to see him playing again though (at any club)

        Commenter
        Girlie
        Date and time
        October 26, 2012, 1:53PM
        • Seriously more trouble than he's worth and most people have tired of his zealous image guarding. I'm sure the Moreland Zebras will take him... until they got fed up with him.

          Commenter
          mark
          Date and time
          October 26, 2012, 2:01PM
          • Kewell was a star for 1-2 seasons, but Schwarzer and Cahill are much better players than Kewell. No England club wants him due to his age and wage I would expect. Didn't he go back to England to be near his wife's family??? Maybe if he deflated his ego and wage, someone would pick him up. The best thing Australia could do, is wipe it's hands of Harry Kewell once and for all.

            Commenter
            azzos
            Date and time
            October 26, 2012, 2:02PM
            • I believe that most Victory supporters actually wouldn't give a rat's if Harry signed for Heart. Great that we had him for a season, but he was neither good nor bad enough in a Victory shirt to be worthy of any special attention.

              Commenter
              Trying
              Location
              ToBePatient
              Date and time
              October 26, 2012, 2:03PM
              • This selfish guy should have retired ten years' ago.

                Commenter
                Cathy Little
                Location
                Perth
                Date and time
                October 26, 2012, 2:11PM
                • harry Kewel is well passed it . he wants to come back because no-one else wants him . And for good reason .... apart from the fact that he has not got the skills required in the A League, he is not the crowd puller that he thought he was. As I said he is well passed it. When he played last year he got well paid but but was very mediocre. If he wants to play again he should play as volunteer and not get paid. he is certainly not worth any money

                  Commenter
                  james
                  Location
                  sydney
                  Date and time
                  October 26, 2012, 2:22PM
                  • Its time to move on. Harry has never been, and never will be, as good as his spin team try to make out. He's been using Australia to make every cent he possibly can, ever since his injuries set in almost 10 years ago and his form dropped - now he's seeking one last pay cheque. It would be nice if the media cross examined him a bit more.
                    Give me Brett Emerton any day - loyal Socceroo, stayed in Australia until he was in his 20s and came back to play for his local team. a real hero.
                    good to see A league teams wisening up to him finally.

                    Commenter
                    Move on
                    Date and time
                    October 26, 2012, 2:37PM
                    • The most over-rated player in Australian football. Once great but now only his ego is. He will probably spend half of any season on the injured list and you can't build a team around him because he will run off if a decent overseas offer comes up or his wife gets homesick. Don't bother.

                      Commenter
                      LM
                      Date and time
                      October 26, 2012, 2:38PM

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