The Central Coast Mariners have expressed their dismay at the news former goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has had his three year contract with Turkish Super Lig club Konyaspor terminated just weeks into the deal.
The Mariners understand Vukovic was informed of the club’s decision not to honour the deal late last week, and is now likely to be forced into seeking a new club at the eleventh hour. “Danny had been training with the club for over five weeks and had played in six friendlies, and by all accounts he had begun to fit in well there, so it’s certainly a shock to hear they’ve suddenly decided not to honour his contract,” said Mariners CEO John McKay.
“We have now entered into a formal dispute process through FIFA over Konyaspor’s failure to pay us the agreed transfer fee, of which we have been waiting on for some time, and which the Turkish club had originally assured we would receive by the end of last week.” P
rofessional Footballers Australia (PFA) is now working to assist the 25-year-old in finding another club, and the Mariners are fully supportive of helping one of their foundation squad members continue his promising career.
“As I understand it remains a dream of Danny’s to play at the top level in Europe despite this setback, and the Mariners will certainly be fully supportive of him in assisting where we can to aid his future playing prospects and with his own dispute with the Turkish club,” said McKay.
Article by Glen Lauder