Could Sydney captain Kyah Simon be heading out the door? | TWG
A little over two months out from the commencement of Season 6 of the W-League and the homes of some of the competitions biggest names are yet to be settled.
Sydney FC championship winning duo Kyah Simon and Sam Kerr and Perth Glory striker Lisa De Vanna are just some of the names that have yet to commit to a club for the coming season.
Simon, the Sky Blues captain in last season's championship, would arguably be the biggest shock of the summer. Since moving to Sydney FC in 2009, Simon has been an integral part of Alen Stajcic's set up and last season was one of the keys to Sydney's title win.
However, despite the success with the two time W-League champions, the 22 year old's management has stated that she has not committed to any club.
"We are still in negotiations with a couple of teams," said Simon's management.
"But we should be in a position to make a decision in the next week."
If the 2009 W-League Player of the Year were to move on from Sydney FC, while her options would be unlimited, staying in NSW is the most logical move be it with the Newcastle Jets, Canberra United or the club located in her region of origin, the Western Sydney Wanderers.
As for De Vanna and Kerr, who square off in the semi-finals of the NWSL this summer, familial ties may also be set to determine which colours they will don this season.
Despite an excellent season with the Sky Blues, 19 year old Kerr is contemplating a return home to Western Australia and last year's semi-finalists Perth Glory. On the way in the forward might pass by Matildas strike partner Lisa De Vanna who is considering a move east to meet up with a sibling and possibly her fourth club in as many seasons.
"We have had discussions with Lisa," said new Melbourne Victory coach Dave Edmondson.
"But it's just an initial contact at this stage. Lisa came and trained with us early this year but has been busy overseas so no further discussions have advanced."
The addition of De Vanna would considerably boost the Victory's chances of going one step further than last season. As well as De Vanna, Edmondson has been looking at former charge, Adelaide United and Young Matildas defender, Emma Checker.
"Emma, as a Young Matildas, is some-one a lot of clubs would like to have and I would be lying if I said that I wasn't interested in having her at Melbourne."
"But we wouldn't be the only club who would have an interest in her."
Equally of interest to several clubs in Australia and overseas is Welsh international Jess Fishlock. A standout last season in the W-League and again in the NWSL, the 26 year old and Melbourne are well advanced in their negotiations for her return to the grand finalists.
[quote]I have spoken with Jess and Seattle and she has decisions to make but we are confident that we can do something there and that she will back.[/quote]
Canberra United CEO Heather Reid last week confirmed several of their exits with championship defender Caitlin Cooper and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold looking for new clubs.
Both Cooper and Arnold are in discussions with the Western Sydney Wanderers as is Western Sydney product Heather Garriock.
The midfielder, who is a former Sydney FC championship captain, has in the past expressed her interest in joining the W-League's newest club and, if signed, would be a readymade leadership replacement for outgoing captain Sarah Walsh.
Meanwhile at the Brisbane Roar the changes look set to be kept at a minimum. German captain Nadine Angerer will join last season's premiers and Young Matildas striker Hayley Raso also looks set to join her state side after turning down a third season at Canberra.
If even half these moves come to fruition it will make a very interesting start to the W-League come November.