As transfer negotiations for key Central Coast Mariners playmaker Tomas Rogic continue, Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has warned young players risk their long-term career prospects by chasing big money deals overseas.
Rogic looks set for a move to English Premier League club Reading - a move Postecoglou believed would be good for the Canberra product.
While Reading were the frontrunners for Rogic, they're not the only ones after the talented former Tuggeranong junior, with Serie B club Ascoli among several others also believed to be interested.
The English club reportedly offered a fee to the Mariners in the region of $600,000 for the 20-year-old emerging star, whose wages would be in the region of $750,000 a year. It means Rogic could be playing in England's top tier, albeit as part of a relegation battle, just a year after signing his first professional contract with the Mariners.
Postecoglou gave that move his blessing, saying the club had already tried to sign him once but missed out due to work permit restrictions.
He said Reading had already invested time and money in him which was a good sign.
But the Victory mentor warned that wasn't always the case.
''My general experience with these things is that there's a whole lot of philosophical talk until the money hits the table and then that usually takes precedence over everything else,'' he said on Friday.
''Any young player who shows potential, you want them to take the long-term view.
''It should be about maximising their potential throughout their career not just what's just going to be good for the next two years.''
A transfer to Reading would mark another impressive instalment in the rapid rise of Rogic, who made his Socceroos debut against South Korea in November. He also played in Canberra's premier league for Belconnen United in 2011.
Reading is 19th in the EPL, five points behind 17th-placed Southampton and safety.
''We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied … now it's up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading,'' chairman Peter Turnbull confirmed earlier this week.
It's the second time Reading have has tried to secure Rogic's services. The Royals attempted to sign him 13 months ago after scouting him from the Nike Academy in Britain but Rogic was a denied a work permit.
The Mariners released a brief statement on Friday saying a deal had yet to be finalised.
''Central Coast Mariners FC wish to advise that negotiations regarding the potential transfer of Tomas Rogic are ongoing,'' the club said.
''The club will update members, supporters and media should significant developments in the negotiation process occur.''
Rogic isn't the only talented youngster in the A-League attracting interest. Victory's Marco Rojas is off contract in April, but has committed to seeing out the A-League season with Melbourne. AAP