At the end of last season, Sydney FC surprised their own fans as well as the rest of the league when they decided to not renew the contract of Austrian international Marc Janko. The commanding forward scored sixteen goals for the Sky Blues to become their single-season record goal scorer.
Sydney FC gave international commitments as the official reason for not retraining Janko but there has been much speculation thrown up about wages and even locker room bust-ups. Whatever the reason, replacing the Austrian was going to take some work by Sydney’s football department.
Going into the off-season it was thought that Sydney would chase a big name in the Dwight Yorke, Juninho, and more recently Alessandro Del Piero mould. Star power has always been an identifier for the club labelled Bling FC. Names such as Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti have been thrown about but it seems Sydney are going down a different yet familiar path.
Football Central have learnt that Sydney’s new marquee will be a Slovakian international, following in the footsteps of the popular Karol Kisel who helped the club win the 2009/2010 Aleague Premiership.
The player is believed to be 31 year old, Filip Holosko. Holosko is a winger who can also play as a centre forward and has sixty five caps for Slovakia. The deal is said to be in the same region as what Janko was on.
He has been playing in the Turkish Süper Lig since 2008 when he joined Manisaspor from Slovan Liberec. After an impressure time at Manisaspor he was signed by Turkish giants Besiktas where his value peaked at seven million Euros. He spent last season on loan at fellow Süper Lig club Rizespor, making twenty five appearances before being released by Besiktas following the end of last season
Football Central have tried to contact Sydney FC officials for confirmation but are yet to hear back.