Excess luggage has been blamed for Sydney FC marquee signing Dwight Yorke missing his connecting flight from Dubai.
The much trumpeted former Manchester United striker was to have touched down in Sydney early on Wednesday morning but will now not arrive until early Thursday morning after a delay caused by excess baggage at Dubai International Airport in the Middle East.
The arrival of the Trinidad and Tobago international has been eagerly awaited since his signing in April, when the fledgling A-League club beat off a reported $A4 million offer from Qatar in the Middle East.
The 31-year-old has also played for English Premier League sides Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa, but has earned himself quite a reputation as a party boy.
Making a raunchy video with several women and Australian friend and former Manchester United teammate Mark Bosnich - who in 2003 was sacked by Chelsea after testing positive for cocaine - is among the tales of Yorke's off-field antics.
Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski was unfazed about Yorke's delayed arrival, saying it was just a simple matter of having too much baggage and that this can happen to anyone.
"There was some problem with the excess baggage and he couldn't make it on time," Littbarski said.
It was unclear whether Yorke was flying direct from London, or had made a stopover in Dubai.
The 31-year-old will commence training under Littbarski on Monday as planned.
"My planning is he will start on Monday when we have training," Littbarski said.
Yorke's first test comes on Friday, July 8 when the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship qualifiers meet NSW Premier League semi-finalists Belconnen Blue Devils in Canberra.
The club is back in training with Young Socceroos trio Mark Milligan, Jacob Timpano and Justin Pasfield joining the squad following their return from the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.