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Former Socceroos star Carl Valeri considers stint in A-League

Canberra football star Carl Valeri is considering a stint in the A-League after 11 years in Italy and he could make a decision this weekend once his Serie B season with Italian club Ternana finishes.

The Tuggeranong United junior said there had been several inquiries into his availability, including A-League club Melbourne Victory – where fellow Canberran Tom Rogic had a loan spell earlier this year.

Valeri's wife is originally from Melbourne, making the Victory or Heart a perfect fit for his young family after he missed out on Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad.

He suffered a serious ankle injury during his 50th game for the Socceroos at the end of 2012 and struggled to force his way into the Sassuolo side when he returned to full fitness.

Valeri opted to switch to Ternana, where he will finish up after the club's last game of the season early on Saturday morning.

He will then consider where next. He left Australia to join Inter Milan as a teenager.


"I have always wanted to play in the A-League. Everybody knows the competition is growing and improving, so there's definitely an attraction there," Valeri told SBS's The World Game.

"There has been some talk [about Melbourne Victory] and that's all it is at this stage, but I am definitely not ruling the A-League out, but of course Europe has so much to offer also.

"I have to sit down and think about things and discuss with my family what's best for us.

"Now is the time to start looking at what's out there. Hopefully I can make a decision quite soon.

"In football you can't wait too long because there are a lot of great players out there."

Valeri came desperately close to realising his dream of playing in Italy's top flight Serie A when Sassuolo was promoted for the 2013-14 season, but his ankle prevented him from getting on the field.

Now he's looking further afield to continue his career.

"My wife is from Melbourne and we always said we would go back and live there some day," Valeri said.

"I want to find a club that will commit to me and me to them. I am still 29 and I want to be a part of something important. Wherever, or whatever, that may be.

"I am open to everything at this stage. In many ways, it would be sad to leave Italy and finish not in the way I would have wanted. I can't say whether I will stay, or whether I will go."