Last Updated: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:33
Reading have agreed a deal with the Central Coast Mariners to sign Australia international Tom Rogic.
The attacking midfielder is one of the shining lights in the Australian A-League and Brian McDermott has been keeping tabs on him after he failed to secure a deal back in 2011.
A work permit was the problem back then but that should not be an issue this time and a deal will go through as long as the 20-year-old can agree personal terms.
Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull told SBS' The World Game: "We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied with what's on the table and now it's up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading.
"I am not going to say what the figure is but there is an agreement there. Of course we don't want to see him go.
"I'd like to have Tommy here for another six years because he's a special player.
"But the reality is that quality Australian players will always want to test themselves overseas where they can command the salaries and exposure they cannot command here.
"You have seen it with the Harry Kewells, Brett Emertons, Lucas Neills, Jason Culinas and so many more over the years.
"We could keep Tom here until May when his contract expires but then he could leave for nothing, and we as a club would be out of pocket. It's a situation where our hands are really tied.
"The way things are now I would expect that things will be resolved by the end of the week concerning Tom and it may be that he will decide to stay, though considering his past association with Reading perhaps that would be unlikely."
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