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Danish twist emerges to Sydney FC star’s looming switch to K-League

A Danish club has also submitted a transfer offer for O’Neill, who would have no issues moving to Europe as he holds an Irish passport.

The Danish Superliga has been a popular destination for Australian players in recent years, including Amini, Alex Gersbach and Zach Duncan at Aarhus and Awer Mabil, who is a regular starter at Midtjylland.

Homeward bound

Much has been said about the dearth of Australian goalkeepers coming through the ranks, so it’s no surprise to see former Socceroo shot-stopper Adam Federici emerge as one of the most sought after A-League transfer targets for next season.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici could be heading to the A-League.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici could be heading to the A-League.Credit:AP

The 34-year-old is in the final six months of his contract with the English Championship club Stoke City. He became free to speak with other clubs last week and has had no shortage of offers from A-League clubs.

Rojas return

Former Johnny Warren Medallist Marco Rojas could be back in the A-League next week.

The New Zealand international left Danish club Sonderjyske last week and is understood to have received a flurry of offers from A-League clubs.

The Hairdryer understands Western United are the front-runners to land his signature.

Johnny Warren Medallist Marco Rojas.

Johnny Warren Medallist Marco Rojas.Credit:Brendon Thorne

Family feud 

There is a rich history of Australian players having a sibling representing another country at international level, and that looks likely to continue with another family split by national allegiance.

Youngster Keanu Baccus starred for the Olyroos against Iraq on Wednesday night and is on the path towards becoming a Socceroo, while his older brother, Kearyn, is closing in on becoming a senior international for South Africa.

Kearyn Baccus could line up for South Africa.

Kearyn Baccus could line up for South Africa. Credit:AAP

The Baccus brothers were born in South Africa but migrated to Australia at young ages where they played most of their junior football.

Kearyn, 28, returned to his country of birth last year to join South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, and his performances have caught the attention of Bafana Bafana.

According to sources close to the player, he is likely to accept a call-up to the South African national team for their next game, which could be as early as March.

If he does, the Baccus family could follow the Vieris and Souttars in having two members play for different national teams. Italian-born Max Vieri played for Australia while his older brother Christian was a regular for Italy. Harry Souttar chose to represent Australia despite his older brother John playing for their country of birth, Scotland.

Papas staying put

One of the first names many speculated as a potential candidate to become Newcastle’s new head coach was Arthur Papas.

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A former assistant under Gary van Egmond at the Jets in 2011-12, Papas is a bright young coach on the rise, but don’t expect him to be making a return to the Hunter any time soon.

Papas has been promoted as the senior assistant coach at Ange Postecoglou’s Yokohama F. Marinos, and sources close to him suggest he is very happy to continue learning under the former Socceroos boss and has little interest in a move back to Australia.

Postecoglou, meanwhile, has appointed another Aussie to his coaching staff after Peter Cklamovski’s departure to Shimizu S-Pulse. The new man hasn’t been confirmed yet – but it’s not Western United assistant John Anastasiadis, as was recently rumoured.

As for the Jets, chief executive Lawrie McKinna suggested his preference was for an experienced coach but told this column he is “open to anything” – including an untried local coach, provided they tick the right boxes.

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