Threatening to further add fuel to the code war fire, chronic code-jumper Israel Folau is rumoured to be considering another switch, this time to Sydney glamour club Sydney FC.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the club’s upcoming pre-season blockbuster against the Macarthur Rams this weekend, Sydney FC spokesman Yolan Tweed said the club, while not wanting to comment on rumour and speculation, knows Head Coach Graham Arnold is looking at several players who would fit into his squad rebuild.
“The club hasn’t experienced the levels of success the fans have demanded over the last few seasons, so we’ve instructed Graham to cast his net far and wide in the search for success in Season 10.
“I’ll admit, Folau is a surprise inclusion on the transfer target sheet, but Graham has the board’s full confidence, so we look forward to seeing how the squad takes shape.”
Folau, who currently plays for the NSW Waratahs rugby union team, would bring an imposing presence to the Sky Blues’ lineup if Arnold decides to take a chance on the perennially unsettled sporting prodigy. With his impressive speed and muscular build, Folau would be looking to slot into the role of midfield enforcer, replacing retired foundation player Terry McFlynn.
While Folau couldn’t be reached for comment, a source close to the player said that, with 42 domestic and international rugby union caps under his belt, Folau feels he has conquered rugby union and that helping Sydney FC achieve greatness would be the defining moment in his career.
“This is just his way. He felt that he achieved all he could in AFL when he helped Greater Western Sydney win their first piece of woodware in 2012. Now that he’s a regular national and domestic rugby player, he thinks it’s time to lend his name to a real ‘back to basics’ rebuild job, and who needs it more than Sydney FC?”
Sydney FC fans are split down the middle on social media, with some calling for the club to invest in players who have spent their whole lives building to an A-League call-up, while others feel signing Folau will continue Sydney FC’s reputation as a big-name club.
“You can’t go from Del Piero to some no-name player – the last thing we need is some ludicrous Hail Mary signing from the German second division,” one fan wrote on Facebook.
With Season 10 fast approaching, Sydney FC is still yet to fill up all their spots. With the club being one of the few who could match Folau’s likely wage demands, the door is open for the Sky Blues to yet again make A-League history.