Latest on Berisha’s free agency

Via Marco/Courier Mail: The biggest story in the forthcoming off-season right now will revolve around the decision of Brisbane’s sharpshooting striker, and he’s getting more and more attention for his services. On the heels of recent reports linking the Albanian to marquee deals with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets comes a report today that new Vegalta Sendai coach Graham Arnold wants to take the striker to striker to Japan with him.

(David Kapernick/Courier Mail)

(David Kapernick/Courier Mail)

Vegalta Sendai manager Graham Arnold on prying the A-League’s top scorer out of Brisbane:

“People from the club have seen Besart in the (Asian) Champions League and know what he’s about,” Arnold told The Courier-Mail on Tuesday. “He’s a fighter and he’s a winner.”

Berisha, 28 is in fantastic form this season contributing five goals in as many games this season (41 in 68) despite missing three games with a hamstring injury. Berisha offcourse is out of contract at the end of the season, and is free to sign with another club at any time as his contract has less than six months remaining. The Japanese side can obviously offer a far more lucrative package to Berisha given that Brisbane have allocated most of their salary cap elsewhere, and they’ve used their international marquee contract slot on Thomas Broich. Berisha is known to love living in Brisbane however, and has recently said family will be an important consideration when deciding his next move.

Should Berisha leave, Brisbane will have a gaping hole at the head of their formation and the off-season would need to be spent on finding a replacement for the man with the best goals to games ratio in A-League history. Kwame Yeboah has been explosive and exciting in his cameo’s this season, however it’s too soon to rely on the youngster to lead the line every week. Losing the A-Leagues best striker would be a massive blow for Brisbane and they’re obviously planning on re-signing him, the question is can they secure his services with so many suitors out there. Whatever the outcome, it seems like Berisha’s free agency will remain an interesting sub-plot as the season rolls on.


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