De­part­ing Red Re­gan shells out $50,000 trans­fer fee

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - VAL MIGLIACCIO

TAY­LOR Re­gan — bound for Malaysia — has paid his own $50,000 trans­fer exit fee to Ade­laide United.

Re­gan, 30, handed the club the trans­fer fee set in his Reds con­tract in order to sign for Malaysia's Se­lan­gor last week.

Tony Ral­lis who, with Malaysia-based part­ner and exSoc­ceroo Scott Olleren­shaw bro­kered the Se­lan­gor deal, said cen­tre-back Re­gan was mak­ing an in­vest­ment in his fu­ture by pay­ing the exit fee.

“Ade­laide United Foot­ball Club is en­ti­tled to ask for a trans­fer fee and un­for­tu­nately the player had to pay it out of his pocket,’’ Ral­lis said. “Malaysian foot­ball is a great plat­form to help Aus­tralian play­ers to re­vi­talise ca­reers (in­clud­ing) An­drew Nab­bout, Joel Chi­anese, Tay­lor Re­gan (twice), Matt Davies (for­mer Perth Glory now Malaysian in­ter­na­tional), Fabio Fer­reira and Hen­rique.

“They were all taken there when they weren’t wanted by the A-League and all fell in love with game again.”

Re­gan’s two-year Reds deal would have ex­pired in May

Mean­while, coach Marco Kurz has urged the club’s bosses to se­ri­ously con­sider lur­ing mid­fielder Daniel Ad­lung, 31, back to the club.

The gun Ger­man is, ac­cord­ing to sources, on standby to fly to Ade­laide im­me­di­ately, de­spite hav­ing left mid­con­tract last year for per­sonal rea­sons.

He is cur­rently a player/as­sis­tant coach for Ger­many’s SpVgg Greuther Fürth’s second team in the Re­gion­l­liga Bay­ern, where he has played 20 games and scored once.

Kurz also said mid­week that snar­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre­back to re­place Re­gan made sense. Fans and pun­dits have de­manded the club find a striker be­fore the A-League FIFA trans­fer win­dow closes on Jan­uary 31.

But United foot­ball di­rec­tor – and for­mer coach – Aure­lio Vid­mar says that is eas­ier said than done mid-sea­son.

“It’s very com­pli­cated, it’s not so easy just to go and get any striker, there is a lot of chal­lenges,” he said. “The qual­ity play­ers that ev­ery­one wants are ei­ther already signed at clubs or cost a lot of money, and we’ve only got a lit­tle bit of a bud­get to deal with.

“I think here over the last cou­ple of years we’ve done that as well; brought peo­ple in for a short-term five-month deal … the other sit­u­a­tion is that play­ers who aren’t cur­rently playing haven’t played for three months, which means it would take them any­where up to a month to get match-fit, so it’s quite com­pli­cated.

"We don’t want to just bring any­one in here that wouldn’t do a job for the team.”

Vid­mar also said talks about ex­tend­ing Kurz’s Reds stay would not be rushed.

“Well he’s been do­ing a pretty good job so far and I think what’s im­por­tant is that we don’t put him un­der too much pres­sure about what’s go­ing on with his fu­ture,” Vid­mar told 10 News First Ade­laide. “Let him coach, do it well and that decision will be made to­ward the end of the sea­son.”

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