Melbourne Victory are closing in on securing Harry Kewell to a fresh contract at the A-League club, with the Socceroo star likely to sign a new two-year deal to stay in Victoria. Kewell’s agent James Erskine has revealed the forward and the club were close to agreeing a deal, with only a couple of matters needing to be resolved before the former Leeds and Liverpool winger pens a new contract as the club’s marquee player.
“We’re trying to get to a deal that makes sense. It’s not an exact science. There is a couple of things to agree on,” Erskine said.
“He’d like to play in Melbourne and I’d like him to play in Melbourne, but the mixture of the cake has to be right before it’s baked.”
Victory head coach Ange Postecoglou has always made it clear he wants Kewell to remain at the club, with many believing the Melbourne fans are yet to see the best of the Australian legend since his return from Europe. Kewell only really found his form towards the end of the A-League season, by which time the Victory had left themselves too much to do to get into the play-offs.
Postecoglou has already started planning for the new season, signing former Young Socceroo midfielder Spase Dilevski on a one-year contract. The 27-year old spent last season with Adelaide United, returning to the A-League following a number of years playing throughout Europe.
The signing of Dilevski is a promising start to the recruitment drive from the club, however, hanging onto Kewell will be the most important piece of business the Victory will do.
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