Perth Glory skipper Jamie Coyne, brother of Colchester defender Chris, today revealed his sibling will probably play European football next season.
The U`s defender has been offered a three-year contract with The Glory but returns to England this week after rest and involvement with Australia`s recent World Cup qualifying campaign.
Jamie Coyne, speaking on Sportal.Com, did hint that the Chris may still be leaving Colchester, however, saying: “He has a few decisions to make [and] offers to weight up. I think the idea of maybe another one or two years [in Europe] isn’t the worst thing for him, he’s dealt with all the homesickness and everything like that.”
Colchester`s Coyne, who cost the club a transfer record fee from Luton Town eighteen months ago, has been liked with a return to his homeland after regularly featuring for his country over the past 12 months, playing seven times. Clubs in Asia, as well as Glory, Adelaide and Sydney FC, were touted as possible destinations.
The reason Coyne`s departure looks likely is that he had a poor season under new United boss Paul Lambert, which lead to the Scotsman saying he couldn`t guarantee him first-team football in a World Cup year.
Coyne, 30, does has a young family settled in England however and hence personal reasons cold dictate that he stays in Europe.
Colchester United`s unwillingness to make a huge loss on the £350,000 stopper also increase his chances of staying away from the A-League, where agreements by mutual consent mean free transfers are commonplace.
Oz coach, Dutchman Pm Verbeek, has also in the past told his players and the Australian press that he believes the newly founded A-league is of an inferior standard to football in Europe, which could also sway Coyne`s thinking.
Jamie Coyne did confirm he expects his brother to return to play for Glory before he retires. As to him leaving Colchester an annoucment finally looks likely this week.
So Coyne’s Staying in Europe?
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