Ange hopes Gold Coast United survive

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    Signing a Gold Coast United young gun may be on the cards for Ange Postecoglou but the Brisbane Roar coach hopes he will not have to pick through their A-League arch rival’s carcass.

    Gold Coast’s future remains up in the air ahead of their final regular season clash with the Roar at Skilled Park on Sunday as a consortium bids for their licence.

    And Postecoglou has not ruled out snapping up their emerging stars – namely teenage prodigy Ben Halloran – if Gold Coast crash and burn.

    “We are always thinking about next year and anyone who is out of contract we will look at,” he said on Friday.

    However, Postecoglou quickly added: “I kind of hope they will be around.

    “It would be good for the state to have that rivalry.

    “We have already had some memorable clashes and you would hope that it would have grown over the years.

    “It would have added something to the A-League.”

    Yet the Gold Coast are already farewelling players.

    Defender Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United), Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory), James Brown (Newcastle) and Chris Harold (Perth) have linked with other clubs amid the uncertainty.

    It is believed the potential feeding frenzy from clubs prompted Football Federation Australia to send a memo on Thursday reminding A-League clubs that they must follow protocol and deliver in writing to the governing body expressions of interest in Gold Coast players.

    “Clubs are clamouring for our players. The carcass is being picked out of us,” said Gold Coast coach Mike Mulvey.

    “Letters have been sent overnight asking to talk to several of them.”

    But captain and Socceroos defender Michael Thwaite is among the majority of United players who are holding off on offers hoping against hope that they don’t have to leave the tourist strip after this season.

    “It would be stupid of me to ignore them (other offers) but I definitely have not put pen to paper yet,” Thwaite said of his future.

    “I have interest from the A-League and Asia – there are options but my family is my priority and my family on the Gold Coast being my team is a priority as well.

    “It is important FFA make a decision before Sunday.”

    United have been impressive on-field in their six games since billionaire owner Clive Palmer was stripped of the Gold Coast licence, culminating in a 3-0 upset last-round win over finals-bound Perth Glory.

    In what may be their final game, United have a chance to deny defending champions the Roar a chance to claim back to back Premier’s Plates this weekend.

    Certainly Postecoglou was not locking in a win if their minor premiership hopes were kept alive by Wellington knocking off top spot rivals Central Coast earlier on Sunday.

    “They have hit good form. They have held some of the best teams in the comp to draws and got a win last week,” he said of United.

    “It will be an enormous challenge for us.”

    Meanwhile, the Roar have ruled out defender Mohamed Adnan after he injured his knee in Brisbane’s 1-1 Asian Champions League draw with Beijing Guoan in China on Tuesday night.

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    • March 24th 2012 @ 8:19am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | March 24th 2012 @ 8:19am | ! Report


    • March 24th 2012 @ 9:53am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | March 24th 2012 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Queensland are going to the polls today and make no mistake about this—it will be a referendum on Stadium rentals and the continuation of GCU in the HAL —let the people of Queensland decide. Anna Bligh out.. Campbell Newman in to review rectangular stadium rental charges.. Give Football a fair go..

      • March 24th 2012 @ 11:29am
        Rob Gremio said | March 24th 2012 @ 11:29am | ! Report

        Yeah, cos that is high on newman’s list of priorities. Get a grip. It wasn’t Anna Bligh who set the prices, it was stadiums Queensland. It’s not all a conspiracy, and I don’t see the LNP fixing it.

        • March 24th 2012 @ 11:50am
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | March 24th 2012 @ 11:50am | ! Report

          Anna Bligh’s minister of sport had a say in the costing of the Stadium deals set, and could have, should’ve step in, but they saw it as a cash cow for the Labor party… Oh and the AFL get a free ride—out with the Bligh government and bring in the LNP

      • March 24th 2012 @ 12:07pm
        slickwilly said | March 24th 2012 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        finally… the media spin doctor behind clive palmer is revealed – que theme music to twilight zone

    • March 24th 2012 @ 1:42pm
      Davo said | March 24th 2012 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

      good on ya ange. Pure class as always

      • March 25th 2012 @ 11:48am
        PeterK said | March 25th 2012 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        Well said, Davo.

        Long love GCU!

    • March 25th 2012 @ 3:10pm
      The Bear said | March 25th 2012 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

      It’s OK Q. You can come to the Orange side!!

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      March 26th 2012 @ 12:00pm
      SportsFanGC said | March 26th 2012 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

      QSAF – I don’t think that reviewing stadium rental for privately run teams on the GC would even be on the radar of Campbell Newman and his new government. Plenty of other societal issues that come first.

      The AFL did not get a free ride, they (unlike other sports) put money towards the the Metricon Stadium redevelopment and ultimately arranged a better deal with Stadiums Queensland for how the stadium was going to be run once it was completed.

      Clive Palmer signed the lease agreement for the GCU. He either did not read anything contained in the agreement (unlikely) or he was overly optimistic about the crowd figures that he could get for GCU home games. Either way he signed it and agreed to the terms.

      In saying all this you would think it would be another embarrassment to the former Labor Government in QLD if both GCU and the Titans were to fold and they are left with a giant $160 million white elephant sitting at Robina.

      • March 26th 2012 @ 12:37pm
        Futbanous said | March 26th 2012 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

        Whats another small embarrassment on top of a MT Everest of embarrassment”s.
        The Labour parties remaining sitting members have hired the broom cupboard in what was once Anna Blighs office to hold her farewell party.
        Don’t bring a plate, tissues is all thats needed & photos of Peter Beattie smiling at a camera, as a means of remembering some of their past best policies.

      • Roar Guru

        March 26th 2012 @ 12:48pm
        The Cattery said | March 26th 2012 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

        Super Rugby might be eyeing off Robina if that were to happen.

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