Reading close to Aussie signing
A-League side Central Coast Mariners say personal terms are all that stand between Tom Rogic and a move to Reading.
With the 20-year-old Australian international’s contract expiring in May, the Mariners look to cash in on one of their brightest young players. A bid in the region of AU$ 600,000 has been accepted.
“We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied with what’s on the table and now it’s up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading,” Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull told The World Game.
“We could keep Tom here until May when his contract expires but then he could leave for nothing, and we as a club would be out of pocket. It’s a situation where are hands are really tied.
“Of course we don’t want to see him go, I’d like to have Tommy here for another six years because he’s a special player.
“But the reality is that quality Australian players will always want to test themselves overseas, where they can command the salaries and exposure they cannot command here.
Rogic has appeared 24 times in two seasons for the Mariners.
He made is senior Socceroos debut against South Korea in November. He has been capped four times so far.
He was snapped up by the Mariners in 2011 after being named as one of eight winners of Nike’s global talent search, The Chance.
“We’ve been monitoring Tomas closely for the past year or so and were really disappointed when we couldn’t sign him because of those work-permit issues,” said Reading director of football Nick Hammond said in The Sun.
“Our opinion of him has only got higher.
“He’s a smashing lad. I have no doubt he has the potential to play in the Premier League.”
Rogic almost joined the Royals in 2011, but the deal to fall through because of work permit issues.
Brian McDermort’s Reading lie second from bottom in the Premier League after 21 games.