Arnold sizes up Birighitti to fill Vukovic void at Sydney FC

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is looking at the possibility of landing Swansea City's third choice goalkeeper Mark Birighitti to fill the void left by departed gloveman Danny Vukovic.

Mark Birighitti

Source: Getty Images

The former Newcastle Jets shot-stopper has not made a single appearance for the Swans - whom he joined  year ago from Newcastle Jets - and is looking to move on in search of first team football.

An undoubted talent, Birighitti is third in the pecking order behind Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfelt at the Liberty Stadium, and trialled with Eredivisie club Willem lI in April, with a view to winning a contract for the 2017-2018 season.

It's understood that Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold, who is tweaking his double winning squad, would be willing to consider either or loan or permanent move for Birighitti.

Advertisement
Sydney, who face Premier League luminaries Arsenal in a glamour friendly at ANZ Stadium next Thursday, need to refresh their goalkeeping stocks with Andrew Redmayne currently their sole senior keeper following Vukovic's move to Genk.

The 26-year-old former Olyroos keeper has a year remaining on his Swansea contract but it's likely the club would not stand in his way should an agreement with Sydney be reached.

Arnold has also been looking at the prospect of a loan move for Socceroos keeper Adam Federici, who has failed to land a regular starting spot with Bournemouth since his switch from Reading.

But that appears a long shot with the 31-year-old having a number of options in the Championship were he to be loaned out by the Cherries, where he has made only eight senior appearances since signing in 2015.


Share
Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Have a story or comment? Contact Us

Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Watch nowOn Demand
Follow SBS Sport
2 min read
Published 7 July 2017 at 10:54pm
By Dave Lewis