Reading not on cards for Rogic - at least until end of season

Reading not on cards for Rogic - at least until end of season

Exciting Canberra prospect Tomas Rogic has decided against a move to English Premier League club Reading during the January transfer window, but didn't rule out a move there in the future.

Rogic's agent, fellow Canberran Andy Bernal, confirmed the deal was off until the end of the A-League season, but could get resurrected in the future.

Tom Rogic is staying with the Mariners.

Tom Rogic is staying with the Mariners.

Photo: Brendan Esposito

The club is currently sitting 19th on the EPL table and locked in a relegation battle - five points from safety - and had reportedly offered Central Coast Mariners about $600,000 for Rogic.

It's believed the Mariners playmaker didn't want to become part of the relegation dog fight, although Bernal refused to disclose his young client's thinking.

The proposed move had attracted plenty of opinions, with Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou supporting it and former Socceroo Robbie Slater against it.


''Basically the deal's off and the club and the player will reassess at the end of the season,'' Bernal told The Canberra Times on Monday.

''Reading won't happen this [transfer] window, 100 per cent it won't happen this window, and we'll stay in touch and look at it again in the [European] summer.''

He said they were still looking at other options, but wouldn't be drawn into what they were.

Rogic has also been linked with Italy's Serie B club Ascoli and Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic.

The Mariners said there were ''other clubs'' interested in Rogic, but preferred to ''keep these negotiations private''.

''At this point in time he is staying,'' a Mariners spokesman said.

''Reading is a very unlikely destination for him.

''But there are another few clubs interested in him … we have not received any formal figures or terms but there are 24 days left in [the January transfer window] - we will wait and see.''

Rogic's contract with the Mariners expires at the end of the season, when he can leave for free. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar rise through the footballing ranks.

Less than two years ago he was playing for Belconnen United in Canberra's premier league, before going to England for the Nike soccer academy. He almost joined Reading then, but couldn't get a work permit and returned to Australia to play for the Mariners. Rogic then made his Socceroos debut against South Korea in November.

The former Tuggeranong junior, currently serving a three-game suspension after getting sent off against Sydney FC, wasn't the only Mariner attracting interest.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan was meant to go to Scottish club Rangers for a 10-day trial, but that was ''indefinitely postponed'' due to a shoulder knock. Ryan has already trialled with EPL club Tottenham Hotspur.

The Mariners announced on Sunday Ryan would miss this weekend's big clash with third-placed Melbourne Victory to spend 10 days training with Rangers.

But on Monday they made a backflip due to Ryan's shoulder complaint. ''While the injury is minor, both clubs have agreed that it is in Ryan's best interests to remain in Australia under the care of the Mariners' medical department for the foreseeable future,'' the club said in a statement.

Ryan is expected to be fit for the match against the Victory in Launceston on Saturday. with AAP

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