Perth Glory aiming to net Victory's Nabbout


Fringe Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout is being lined up for a post-COVID-19 move from Melbourne Victory to Perth Glory.

Though A-League players have been advised by the PFA to hold off on contract decisions until there is further clarity from the FFA and the clubs on when the current season will resume, it’s understood Nabbout has an in-principle agreement in place to head west.

Nabbout, 27, is one of over 100 A-League players coming off contract next month, having rejoined Victory for a second spell at the beginning of the season.

Should he join Glory it might be to replace fellow Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis, who would command a fee were he to head back to Europe.

Nabbout has scored five goals, and conjured three assists in 18 appearances for a struggling Victory this season.

But his impact on returning to his first A-League club from an injury-hit and unfulfilling stint in Japan with J1 Urawa Red Diamonds has been sporadic.

Glory’s director of football Jacob Burns declined to comment when contacted by The World Game, as he seeks to the manage pressing issue of making sure the club’s stood-down squad will be ready to resume a short pre-season once FFA gives the all-clear for an expected August resumption.

A leading agent said while clubs “want to do business” nobody “can put pen to paper” while uncertainty lingers over a return to action date and player disgruntlement over being asked to accept 60 to 70 per cent wage cuts to play out the final five rounds and A-League finals in a hub format in NSW.

Nabbout began his A-League career with Victory in 2013 and was apart of the team that won the 2015-16 domestic double before being cut by the club.

A brief spell with Malaysia's Negeri Sembilan was followed by an A-League return with the Newcastle Jets, for whom he netted 18 goals in 46 appearances.

Nabbout led the line twice for a goal-starved Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup before being forced from the tournament by a shoulder injury.