The Jets have made public the signing of Ryan Griffiths on an 18-month deal starting in January. He played for Newcastle United 52 times in the old NSL and has recently been plying his trade in China, with Liaoning and Beijing Guoan. He’s been capped 5 times for the Socceroos and also scored a goal against the Jets during their Asian Champions League campaign. His arrival should coincide with the last of Jeffers’ ten game stint, which will be timely for the Finals run-in. Great signing and much more welcome than a return of his brother Joel Griffiths. Combined with Culina’s and Kantarovski’s new contracts, as well as the arrival of Jeffers, this can be seen as a huge step forward for the Jets since Tinkler’s arrival. At 29 he is at a perfect age and arguably comes at the peak of his career. Hopefully the Jets can also tie up the contracts of Milicevic and Topor-Stanley in the next few months too, as their contracts will run out at the end of the current season.
Juho Makela, who was the Finnish League’s top scorer with 16 goals in 18 games for HJK Helsinki last season, is on a trial for Sydney FC. The club has struggled for goals so far this season and will hope the player can help their rise up the table.
North Queensland have put forward a proposal to the FFA regarding the future funding of the club. They are aiming to become completely community-owned by the start of the 2012-2013 season by raising around $6.3 million in order to take over the A-League license. Currently the club are being funded by the FFA, and the future of all their players is uncertain, as they are currently unable to extend contracts. Hopefully the model is successful as the Fury have been a great team to watch so far this season.
The Australia 2022 World Cup bid has suffered a major blow as FIFA executives, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temaril have been banned for 3 years and 1 year respectively for allegations of corruption over World Cup votes.
Nigerian Adamu and Oceania representative Temaril are now unable to vote in the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bids, which could hit Australia the hardest out of any of the competing countries.
Temaril was Australia’s only guaranteed vote and his place on the committee will not be replaced by another representative.
The allegations were documented in The Sun in Britain a few weeks ago, in a separate investigation, the Spain/Portugal and Qatar bid teams were cleared of any wrong-doing after accusations of vote-swapping.