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The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, January 4, 2013. NT NEWS. 41 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-JAGE:41 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT McGowan on way to China AUSTRALIAN defender Ryan McGowan has bid farewell to his Hearts teammates in Scotland ahead of a likely move to Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League. Financially-troubled Hearts have accepted a bid believed to be worth about $630,000 for the 23-year-old Australian, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season. Right-back McGowan was withdrawn from the Hearts squad for last nights Edinburgh derby with Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and will travel to China imminently. Hearts manager John McGlynn said: The club has accepted a bid for Ryan, so he wont play any part in the game tomorrow. Although hes not put pen to paper, we run the risk of him getting injured. If he got a serious injury that deal would go down the tube and the football club needs the money. Its disappointing to lose him but its the state of affairs. If good offers come in, in the financial situation we find ourselves in, we need to accept them. McGowan joined Hearts in June 2006 and has made more than 70 appearances for the club, establishing himself as a first-team regular in the past 18 months. He was a Scottish Cup winner in May, scoring the fourth goal in the 5-1 defeat against Hibs. Injury-ravaged Sydney FC face tough fight in Perth VERSATILE Sydney FC utility Rhyan Grant is confident a makeshift defensive line can stand up to a dangerous Perth Glory attack in tomorrows A-League clash at nib Stadium. The Sky Blues head into the match ravaged by injury and facing a defensive crisis with regular defenders Adam Griffiths, Pascal Bosschaart and Fabio all ruled out. Grant, Sydneys Mr Fix this season, trained at left back yesterday, while 16-year-old Aaron Calver looks set for his first start at centre back after playing 80 minutes in place of the injured Griffiths in Mondays 3-0 loss to Adelaide. With Seb Ryall and Trent McClenahan also likely to feature, Sydney will field an unfamiliar and inexperienced backline. But Grant is confident it will still be able to contain the likes of dangerous Glory stars Shane Smeltz and Billy Mehmet. Its going to be a big challenge and Perth are always difficult, so no matter who we put out there, its going to be tough, Grant said. But Im confident in the boys weve got here and Im sure they can do a good job. Grant has already been used in a variety of roles including right back, wide and central midfield roles but said he was happy to play wherever coach Frank Farina needed him. They call me the plugger, I just come in wherever, Grant said. But it doesnt bother me. I just like to play wherever and give it my best. While a first start for Calver would appear daunting, Grant backed him to handle the experience. He did really well (against Adelaide), Grant said. To be thrown into the deep end like that (off the bench), he did very well . . . weve all got confidence in him. To wander off is stupid WESTERN Sydney defender Adam DApuzzo says he would have been stupid not to re-sign with the Wanderers for next season and hopes Japanese star Shinji Ono does the same. DApuzzo and midfielder Shannon Cole yesterday both extended their contracts with the A-League newcomers until the end of the 2013-14 season to add to a number of recent resignings at the Wanderers. Skipper Michael Beauchamp, goalkeeper Ante Covic and Croatian midfielder Mateo Poljak have all put pen to paper as the third-placed Wanderers continue to impress in their inaugural season. The Wanderers are yet to secure the signature of marquee star Ono, however, and both Cole and DApuzzo are hoping he commits. Were hoping just as much as everyone else watching is, former Sydney FC player Cole said. Hes obviously a very exciting player to have in the league and hes a great guy to have as a teammate. Ono set Parramatta Stadium alight with his sensational double in the Wanderers 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Tuesday. DApuzzo, 26, who is recovering from a calf injury, played 102 games with the Newcastle Jets from 2006. Its a unique thing thats happening here and I just want to continue to be a part of it, he said. Id be stupid not to. Fixed on here and now SOCCER MELBOURNE Victory striker Marco Rojas is committed to the A-League club for rest of the season, but beyond that his future is uncertain. The pint-sized 21-year-old is off contract in April and there are concerns he could head overseas after a stunning A-League season. While overseas clubs could come knocking during this months transfer window, Rojas who, with nine goals, is the competitions third highest goal-scorer wants to remain a part of Victorys charge to the title. Im going to be here until the end of the season, the Kiwi international said ahead of tomorrows clash with Wellington Phoenix. Ive started the season and I want to be here until the end. Rojas said he would plan his future with his father, who is his manager, but wanted to concentrate on his form. Ill have a look how the season ends and how I feel, and Ill speak to my dad and the club and well go from there, he said. Victory, which this week lost Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler for the season due to a serious knee injury, will be relieved to hear that big money from overseas wont be the only factor in Rojass decision. Last season was disappointing and this seasons been going all right so far but I want to make a proper impact before I think about going anywhere else, he said. Im not really too worried about the money. It will be about developing my football first and then the money is a bonus. None of my choices will ever be revolved around money. Dubbed Kiwi Messi by some quarters, the laid-back Rojas says he doesnt take notice of the buzz around his form. I wish I was half as good (as Lionel Messi) . . . its humbling for people to say that but its a bit outrageous, he said. He attributes his striking form after a disappointing 2011-12 to his toughest ever pre-season under new Victory coach Ange Postecoglou. Hes one of the best coaches in Australia and for me its been great and hes helped me a lot, he said. For the whole team, were playing some good football. Queens Park Rangers players celebrate Shaun Wright-Phillipss winner against Chelsea yesterday Picture: AP PHOTO Shock victory a turning point for Redknapps men HARRY Redknapp believes Queens Park Rangers shock 1-0 win at neighbours Chelsea could be the turning point in his sides season. Redknapp, who also revealed he missed out on the chance to sign Liverpools Joe Cole, saw his side defy the odds to produce one of the upsets of the season thanks to Shaun Wright-Phillipss goal yesterday. The win was only its second league victory of the season and moved Rangers level on points with secondbottom Reading, five points adrift of safety. But the manager believes the impact of the result will be hugely significant in the context of the relegation battle and strengthen his chances of bringing in new recruits in this months transfer window. I had a good meeting with (the players) after the Liverpool game (QPR lost 3-0) and I think I convinced them I thought we could stay up, Redknapp said. You probably thought I was mad, but I didnt go home thinking we are doomed. I thought we could turn it around if we can get this lot working and get someone in the window. And tonight has proved that. Most important, we wor ked hard. We grafted and if we do that until the end of the season, we will win some games. The other teams down there will be thinking, thats not very good. Ive been there. That will send shocks through everybody and weve got to make the most of that. Redknapp had attempted to sign Cole but missed out when the player opted to join his former club West Ham United instead. I lost a player today who would have been my first signing, a disappointed Redknapp said. He probably looked and thought: Harry, I love you, but I dont think you are going to stay up. And hes gone to the Hammers. I was going to take Joe. I thought he would have been good for me but its not easy when you are down there. I understand why.