Why swap deal for Janjetovic wouldn't appeal to Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers would not be attracted to a swap deal to get Vedran Janjetovic because they wouldn't want to be left short in the goalkeeping department while they got him ready to play.

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Vedran Janjetovic celebrates with Sydney FC supporters Source: Getty Images

The Wanderers are keen to sign Janjetovic from Sydney FC in the January transfer window and the Sky Blues are understood to be willing to let him go.

But it was reported in The Australian that the deal would only happen if Western Sydney were prepared to let goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne join Sydney as part of a swap deal.

The Wanderers have initially baulked at this deal and it remains to be seen if the hurdle can be overcome.

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A-League clubs are anxious to have genuine depth in the goalkeeping ranks, if at all possible, with the options to play in that key position trained to the minute.

But if Western Sydney let Redmayne go for Janjetovic, they would be giving up a player who was the club's first-choice goalkeeper, until a couple of weeks ago, for another who hasn't played at all this season and is currently away from the Sky Blues for an indefinite period on "personal leave".



Wanderers goalkeeping coach Zlejko Kalac would need time to get Janjetovic up to speed, but at the same time he would presumably still have to be available as the back-up goalkeeper in case anything went wrong with first-choice Jerrad Tyson.

Unless Western Sydney used a rookie as a back-up and gambled on nothing going wrong.

They wouldn't have to worry about the potential for that sort of problem if they retained Redmayne and had three goalkeepers on their books while Janjetovic was being readied.

Janjetovic was Sydney's first-choice goalkeeper in both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons and re-signed with the club on a two-year deal in March, but then Danny Vukovic became available and Sydney secured his services.



Vukovic has played in all of the club's A-League and FFA Cup games this season and been in great form.

Janjetovic was on the bench for the first six rounds of the A-League, but was then listed as out due to "illness" for Round seven and then out due to "personal leave - indefinite" for Round eight.

He is understood to have struggled with the idea of playing second fiddle.

Sydney had youngster Tomas Manos, 20, on the bench as back-up goalkeeper to Vukovic for Round seven of the A-League.

They then announced the signing of a more experienced goalkeeper in English-born 25-year-old Chris Oldfield, on a short-term injury replacement contract.



Oldfield, who has played in lower leagues in England and Australia, was on the bench for Round eight.

It is understandable that the Sky Blues wouldn't want to let Janjetovic go without picking up a goalkeeper with A-League experience in return, so it might be a case of who blinks first between them and the Wanderers.

Unless no-one blinks at all and no deal gets done.


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Published 1 December 2016 at 1:09pm
By Greg Prichard