Friday, January 4, 2013
Glory's Billy Mehmet heading to Bangkok
Perth Glory striker Billy Mehmet has left the A-League club in order to link up with Thailand outfit Bangkok Glass FC.Glory coach Ian Ferguson said he has already sounded out several potential replacements for the hard-working Mehmet, who scored 10 goals in 42 games for the club.Mehmet's departure frees up an international spot on the Glory's roster, with Ferguson keen to secure a player before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month."We have got one or two irons in the fire overseas and we're waiting to see what happens with those, whether they are still progressing," Ferguson said on Friday."We have put a couple of things to certain players and hopefully if it comes off, it'll be great for Perth Glory."Mehmet, who has been used largely off the bench whenever Shane Smeltz has played this season, was keen to join a club where he could earn a regular start."I can't guarantee anyone a first team place, and Billy is 29 and he wants to be playing regularly," Ferguson said of Mehmet's reasons to leave."It's disappointing, but we don't want unhappy players here either and if anyone wants to move on and head overseas, we won't stand in their way."We've got good attacking cover."Travis Dodd can play up there, as can (Steven) McGarry and we've got (Chris) Harold and (Ryo) Nagai as well."Hopefully the players we bring in will do a good job for us."Perth will be aiming to break back to the winners' list when they host Sydney FC on Saturday night.Smeltz is set to start against the Sky Blues despite suffering a slight tweak to his groin at training this week.