Sydney FC CEO Danny Townsend says the club won’t bolster its squad in January – and is focusing on stopping its existing players being snatched by rivals,
Sydney has a long list of off-contract talent including several key big name stars.
Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, Milos Ninkovic, Luke Brattan, Michael Zullo, Paolo Retre, Ryan Teague, Marco Tilio and Harry Van Der Saag all are coming to the end of their contracts at the Sky Blues.
Milos Ninkovic will make a decision on his future next week after being approached by A-League newcomers Macarthur Bulls while Adam Le Fondre is expected to extend his stay later this season.
Townsend told FTBL that "pretty much everyone" had shown interest in Luke Brattan and Michael Zullo.
However, FTBL understands that initial interest from England for fringe Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne has cooled.
"Every one of our off-contract players is in demand from A-League clubs, that's the way it is," Townsend told FTBL.
"We've got a laundry list of clubs that want to talk to our players, but we haven't sent any letters out because we're happy with the players we've got.”
Last year Sydney FC acquired Iranian striker Reza Goochenejhad on a short-term deal to bolster their squad for the Asian Champions League.
But so far the club has no plans for anothe Asian signing ahead of next year’s campaign, which has seen them drawn against Ange Postecoglou’s Yokohama F Marinos.
"Last year Reza was opportunistic," said Townsend. "We weren't aggressively looking to bring anyone in, we had a balanced squad and Reza became available, him being an Asian player helped us."
It'll be a busy start to the decade for Sydney FC as they also are revving their engines on the site for their new Centre of Excellence.
Tempe Reserve has emerged as Sydney FC's third potential site for a training centre which FTBL revealed the club want to move into in 2021.
"Inner West Council outlined a potential road map," said Townsend. "There's obviously hurdles you've got to get across in order to meet community consultation.
"At the end of the day we are going into a community environment and you want to take the community with you."
Sydney FC aim to settle on a site for a training centre in early 2020.