Western Sydney Wanderers trialist Joey Gibbs is waiting on tenterhooks for a contract offer from the new A-League club while ex-Gold Coast goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson is set to put pen to paper.
Both played for 45 minutes in the Wanderers' historic first outing against NSW State League Two outfit Nepean FC on Wednesday night, with Gibbs, 20, firing four goals in his second-half cameo.
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic made encouraging noises after the Marconi Stallions striker and ex-Sydney FC player paraded his potential.
Tyson, 22, broke into now defunct Gold Coast's starting line up in the second half of last season, and had been linked with Sydney FC.
But it's understood that a contract offer is on the table for the one-time Australia youth international as Popovic seeks meaningful competition for first choice Ante Covic.
Both players have been at the Wanderers for two weeks trying to convince Popovic of their worth and will feature again in hit outs against Blacktown Spartans and Blacktown City in the next fortnight.
Gosford-raised Gibbs, who returns to competition with Marconi on Saturday in the NSW Premier League, is taking nothing for granted."I was a midfielder in my time at Sydney but I think playing as a striker now really suits me and I have picked up a lot playing for Marconi in that role in NSW Premier League," he told The World Game.
"I learned a lot under Ian Crook. It was disappointing not to land a long term deal there but they had plenty of players in my position and it was always going to be a tough ask.
"It would be a dream to get a deal with the Wanderers. Playing under Poppa I'd become a better player because he's a great coach.
"It will all probably hinge on the next week or so. I go back to training with the Wanderers next week and scoring four goals in 45 minutes has hopefully helped my cause."
Gibbs was showed a taste of the big time during a two week odyssey to England through the Lucas Neill scholarship as a 16-year-old, where he trained with West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town.
And he sampled a four-minute cameo for Sydney FC in the 2010 A-League grand final victory against Melbourne Victory.
"It's obviously a step up for me training with the Wanderers and there's a lot of competition with the other trialists pushing for contracts also," Gibbs said.
"I'm enjoying it and really hope it will take me somewhere."
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