Griffiths puts A-League return on hold

Netherlands-based midfielder Rostyn Griffiths ruled out a return to the A-League as he prepares to exit Roda JC, after one season with the Eredivisie side that is also home to fellow Australians Tomi Juric and Daniel De Silva.

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A regular starter in the first half of the season before losing some traction in the New Year, Griffiths met with club officials last week to clarify a release at the end of the campaign – with another European club or Asia the likely next career stops for the 28 year-old, whose former clubs include Blackburn Rivers, Guangzhou R&F, Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory.

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While he has an open invitation to return to a resurgent Glory, where he spent two seasons, the combative Griffiths does not see the A-League in his immediate future.

Though his availability will also alert a number of other A-League clubs, Griffiths said: "I have no intention to go back there right now".

“It’s obviously a league I would hope to return to at some point, but at this stage I am at my peak footballing age and I would probably like to stay away a little bit longer.”

Griffiths, who has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, is far more likely to find another European club or head back for a second stint in Asia, having already tasted the Chinese Super League, which is home to an increasing number of Australians.

“The overall goal is to remain in Europe, but right now the only countries that really are of big interest to me are Germany and England and that makes it a little bit more limited,” said the UK-born Griffiths.

“But having the Australian passport, I keep getting the Asian offers and they are going to be more and more difficult to turn down if something concrete doesn’t come up in Europe over the next couple of months.

“It would probably be the easier path to take having made a bit of reputation there before in China, but it’s still my main goal to stay in Europe.

“But, at my age, if it's not an appealing club and an appealing league then it won’t be of great interest to me.

“I had a Chinese offer in January, along with a couple of others from Asia but at the time it just wasn’t right because I wanted to see how everything went in Europe."

While not playing as much as he would have liked after January, Griffiths is hoping he did enough in the first half of the season to peak the interest of potential suitors.

“The next move is a very important one – if I choose Asia then chances are I will not come back to Europe again," he said.

But Griffiths has no regrets on his Roda stint and said it was always a springboard rather than a final destination.

"From a football perspective it’s been enjoyable. The club looks safe from going down after coming up last year, and that’s good," Griffiths said.

“The thing for me was prove to myself I can play at this level and I believe I've done that.

"The Roda move was always a chance for me to get my foot in the door and was never where I was going to end up ultimately.”


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Published 30 March 2016 at 3:22pm
By David Lewis