Tom Rogic of Australia and the Central Coast Mariners poses during a Nike and FFA media announcement at Carriageworks.
Tom Rogic of Australia and the Central Coast Mariners poses during a Nike and FFA media announcement at Carriageworks. Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

Rogic has new contract in sight with Celtic training trip

ONE of the hottest properties in Australian football, Tom Rogic, has moved one step closer to a dream Celtic contract.

He flew to Spain on Thursday morning to join the Scottish giants at a mid-season training camp.

While the Mariners said no offer had yet been made from the team leading the Scottish Premier League, club officials have been monitoring the 20-year-old Socceroo for some time.

Rogic will re-join his Mariners teammates next  week, two days before the clash against the Jets at Bluetongue Stadium.

Meanwhile, it was a busy day on the A-League transfer market on Wednesday, particularly at the Roar.

The Brisbane club rolled out new signing, attacking midfielder Julius Davies, fresh after the announcement Socceroos defender Jade North had signed a three-and-a-half year deal.

The signing of Davies will only increase the talk that Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu could examine his options in the coming weeks, with speculation some Asian clubs are interested in his signature.

Former Victory player and Bayern Munich junior Davies, 18, put pen to paper at Brisbane for two-and-a-half seasons, with Roar coach Mike Mulvey describing him as a versatile, quick and creative prospect.

North, 31, has played 39 times for the Socceroos and was recruited for his experience and knowledge of the game.

In other news, the Melbourne Victory decided to release defender Petar Franjic, the brother of Brisbane's Ivan, so he could gain a first-team opportunity elsewhere.

The Melbourne Heart confirmed it had permitted right-back Michael Marrone to travel to China as he closes in on taking up a spot at a Chinese Super League club, meaning he will miss Sunday's clash against Sydney FC.

It is understood Marrone will end up at Shanghai Shenxin.

And former Roar midfielder Rocky Visconte started training with the Wanderers on Wednesday after penning a short-term deal with the Western Sydney club.


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