Time is ticking for two key Socceroos stars who are likely to be CLUBLESS just five months out from Australia playing in the World Cup
- Tom Rogic and Martin Boyle will be key figures for Socceroos at the World Cup
- Rogic is clubless after leaving Celtic, Boyle’s side was relegated in Saudi Arabia
- Both will need to sign somewhere for match fitness ahead of World Cup in Qatar
- Australia will play France, Tunisia and Denmark in Group D from November 23
Socceroos stars Tom Rogic and Martin Boyle are both searching for the right opportunities at club level ahead of the FIFA World Cup starting in Qatar this November.
Rogic, 29, who was a late withdrawal from Australia’s two recent World Cup qualifiers against the United Arab Emirates and Peru due to personal reasons, left Celtic at the end of the season in Scotland after nine decorated years.
The midfielder won 16 trophies – including seven league titles – and also scored 46 goals in 273 appearances for the Hoops.
According to manager Ange Postecoglou, Rogic felt it was time for a new challenge, and he reportedly rejected a lucrative offer from Persija Jakarta in Indonesia on Monday.
He could easily land a deal in the A-League, but it is believed Rogic is eyeing off one final payday in Europe.
Socceroos star Tom Rogic is currently searching for the right opportunity at club level ahead of the FIFA World Cup starting in Qatar this November (pictured, playing for Celtic FC)
Winger Martin Boyle is in the same boat after his club side Al-Faisaly was relegated from the top division of the Saudi Professional League
Boyle, also 29, is now potentially in limbo after his new club Al-Faisaly was relegated on the final day of the Saudi Professional League season.
He chalked up 13 appearances for Al-Faisaly, scoring three goals, following a transfer from Hibernian earlier this year – but a 2-1 defeat at the hands of defending champions Al Hilal saw the club drop to the second division.
With Boyle one of the bigger wage earners at the club, he may well be shown the door as Al-Faisaly look to tighten their books.
A move back to Hibs thanks to a clause in his contract or England beckons, as the electric winger seeks regular playing time ahead of the Socceroos’ first group game versus France on November 23.
He has impressed for Graham Arnold’s squad since debuting in late 2018, contributing five goals and six assists in 17 games.
Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury is reportedly close to signing for Qatari club Al Wakrah
Boyle also has impressive staying power off the pitch, with footage emerging on social media of the Scottish born star partying in his full Socceroos kit the day after the epic penalty shootout win versus Peru on June 14.
Veteran Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury is reportedly close to signing for Qatari club Al Wakrah, while left back Jason Davidson has agreed to terms with Belgian club Eupen.
It follows a standout season under Tony Popovic in the A-League with Melbourne Victory that culminated in his first international cap since 2015.