Adelaide United has continued its drive to bolster its squad by inviting two foreign players for a trial.
American midfielder Dexter Rosales and Sydney-based Portuguese striker Fabio Ferreira have agreed to train with the Reds, giving coach John Kosmina a chance to have a first- hand look at what they have to offer, the club said
“Their pedigree is good and we’ve got to cast the net far and wide, so they’ll come here on trial and we’ll have a look at them,” Kosmina said.Kosmina has stated he would not make any hasty decisions in relation to new signings, with the arrival of Rosales and Ferreira a sign that the Reds' football department is continuing to actively explore possible options.
An attacking midfielder from Miami, Florida, Rosales has represented his country at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level, his career to date including stints at Club Atletico Junior, Valencia and Dutch heavyweight Ajax.The 25-year-old's progress was interrupted by a ruptured achilles late last year but after successful surgery, he will be determined to prove his best football is still in front of him.
Born in the Portuguese town of Barreiro, 23-year-old Ferreira’s talent was discovered early on as he joined Sporting Club de Portugal’s youth system at the age of 14 before heading to UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winners Chelsea two years later, a move that saw him make 12 appearances and score eight goals for the Blues’ reserves side.After returning to Portugal, Ferreira came out to Australia early this year to play with NSW Super League club Dulwich City.
At this stage, Adelaide is hopeful that the duo will arrive in time to join the rest of the Reds' squad for the start of their pre-season training camp in Strathalbyn on Monday.
Wellington Phoenix's recruitment under coach Ernie Merrick began with the signing of 22-year-old former Perth Glory goalkeeper Lewis Italiano.