Glory explore options

Perth Glory will exhaust all lines of inquiry in their search for potential replacements should Socceroos trio Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne move on loan in January.

Perth Glory will exhaust all lines of inquiry in their search for potential replacements should Socceroos trio Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne move on loan in January.

Former Glory striker Nikita Rukavytsya is one option that could be considered although no contact has been made with the young speedster or his Dutch club FC Twente as yet.

Perth Glory CEO, Lui Giuliani, said a loan deal which could see Rukavytsya wearing the purple again would be an enticing prospect however there were several names being considered by the club and plenty of work ahead before any type of arrangement could be put in place.

“We-re exploring all possible loan opportunities,” Mr Giuliani said.

“There is a process to go through and we-ve only had internal discussions about players who could potential come to the club. There is a process in place and that will continue through the next couple of months.

“In our case it would be insurance if we needed to replace anyone from our squad before the season end. There is a strategy and we-ll investigate the availability of players who we think can fit into the side.”

Rukavytsya is progressing well under tutelage at FC Twente since moving to the Netherlands in January and has scored twice in six games this season across all competitions.

In two seasons at the Glory the 22 year old terrorised opposition defenders with his lightening pace to score 16 goals. He has also performed on the national stage including Australia-s U23 campaign at the Beijing Olympics followed by a cap at senior level with the Socceroos.