The A League down under in Australia is a growing football league, and they are keen to get players from top leagues like the Premier League, and news today that Sydney FC are keen to sign 32 year-old Shola Ameobi, who becomes a free agent on July 1st.
Shola Ameobi in action at Liverpool
That was Shola’s final game for Newcastle United
And with Shola part of the Nigerian 23 man squad for the World Cup, which was announced late last night, that should help him get a new club this summer.
The Journal is reporting today that Sydney FC are already in contact with Shola’s agent about a move, and they say he’s a possible replacement for former Italian International Alessandro Del Piero, who is thinking of joining the MLS here in the USA.
Del Piero is now a free agent after playing two seasons for Sydney FC, and he was the captain last season.
It would be interesting if the big man signs for Sydney, because we play Sydney FC on July 22 in New Zealand.
Here is Newcastle’s full pre-season:
|Tues 15 July||Oldham||Boundary Park, Oldham||7:30 pm|
|Tues 22 July||Sydney FC||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand||7:30 pm|
|Sat 26 July||Wellingtom Phoenix||Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand||4:30 pm|
|Wed 30 July||Sheffield Wednesday||Hillsborough, Sheffield||7:45 pm|
|Sat Aug 2||Malaga CF||VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||3:30 pm|
|Sun Aug 3||Schalke 04||VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||5:30 pm|
|Tues Aug 5||Huddersfield||John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield||7:45 pm|
|Sun Aug 10||Real Sociedad||St. James' Park, Newcastle||1:30 pm|
New York City FC, who are new members of the MLS, are also said to be interested in signing the 32 year-old striker, but they don’t start to play in the MLS until next year in 2105 – the franchise is owned jointly by Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees baseball team and they play in light blue strips – not surprisingly.
We think Shola will be fixed up quickly with a new club, probably on a two year deal.
What do you think?
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