EXCLUSIVE: Sources in South Korea claim in-form Roar defender Matt Jurman is the target of at least two K-League clubs who’ve begun a dialogue with his Brisbane club.
It’s believed FC Seoul and Suwon Bluewings are the two K-League outfits who’ve had initial discussions about the player.
The K-League is in recess ahead of the start of pre-season in early 2012 and clubs are beginning to shop around for new players.
Jurman, who turned 22 today, has been a revelation since switching from Sydney FC to the A-League champions in the off-season.
The Olyroo was named by au.fourfourtwo.com as one of the best players in the league for November after some assured displays alongside Roar skipper Matt Smith.
If Jurman was to make the move he’d join a growing band of former A-League defenders enjoying success in the K-League.
Ex-Red Robbie Cornthwaite has had a stellar first season with Chunnam Dragons. He’s joined former Roar player Luke DeVere who made the move at the back end of last season for Gyeongnam, as did Busan’s Iain Fyfe.
Socceroo Sasa Ognenovski has been a huge hit in recent seasons, earning an ACL winners medal and was named AFC player of the year award with Seongnam Ilwha Chunma.
One man who has coached Jurman and has been pleased with his career upturn is outgoing national youth coach Jan Versleijen.
The Dutchman saw Jurman’s raw talent in 2008 and has been delighted with the way the Wollongong-born Jurman has developed, particularly under Ange Postecoglou at Roar.
“If you look at Matthew Jurman I started with him [in the Young Socceroos in 2008] and we had a tournament in Japan, we played against Argentina and I saw the problems he had with playing out from the back,” he told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“And I see him now, it’s a huge improvement. And that shows also that if you work in the right way with those boys even in the older age, they can improve.”
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