Troisi plays down A-League talk

Not heading home ... Kayserispor winger James Troisi (Getty Images)

Australia winger James Troisi has scoffed at reports linking him with A-League side Newcastle Jets, insisting his future remains in Europe.

Though embroiled in a pay dispute with Turkish Super Lig outfit Kayserispor, where his four-year contract still has 18 months to run, the 23-year-old told The World Game he has no intention of heading to the A-League, no matter what the outcome of the wrangling over unpaid wages.

Speaking for the first time over an issue which has thrown in question his future in Turkey, Troisi - who has scored five times in 15 appearances for Kayserispor this season - declared: "I haven't spoken to any clubs whatsoever in Australia and my priority is to stay in Europe.

"I do have few problems in Turkey but I have definitely not been in discussions with the Jets or anybody and have no idea where the information about me supposedly heading back is coming from."

The former Newcastle United and Genclerberligi left-sided raider has been in Turkey four years, outlasting the likes of Harry Kewell, Nicky Carle, Shane Smeltz and Bruce Djite in one of Europe's most demanding competitions.

He added: "People are jumping the gun a bit on coming back home. I am still young and Australia really hasn't crossed my mind at all.

"I've been in Turkey a while now and my main aim is try and resolve the issues I'm facing, the bottom line is I haven't been paid for a while and the situation is hopefully going to be resolved."

Troisi confirmed he has been in touch with PFA chief Brendan Schwab over his plight and was taking advice from the players' body.

With the transfer window open until the end of the month, Trosi is keeping his options open on a possible switch elsewhere in Europe, adding: "It's really hard to see how this will play out.

"It's not just about me not getting paid; quite few of the players at my club are in a similar position."

Troisi, who has eight caps for his country and has been a regular member of Holger Osieck's squads, hinted that he may not be involved in next month's FIFA World Cup qualification dead rubber against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne as he attempts to clarify his club future.

"I love playing for Australia and I feel I have been doing well for my club up to now but perhaps the Saudi Arabia game might be a bit tricky for some of the European-based players. But it's down to the boss of course.

"I think Holger has already spoken to a few of the Europe-based boys and it looks like he may lean a little bit more this time on the A-league players but we will see."

And on the likelihood of move away from Kayserispor during this transfer window, he added: "If anything happens it will probably be at the last minute."

Source SBS