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Colchester's Coyne won't return to A-League without Verbeek's consent

Colchester United captain Chris Coyne will not entertain a return to Australia unless Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek sanctions it. Coyne is attracting interest from A-League clubs, in particular Perth Glory (where his brother Jamie is captain), but has said he will not be making a move just yet, especially seeing his international career is beginning to grow legs.

Verbeek believes national team players returning to Australia to play in the A-League will have a detrimental effect on the national squad and Coyne is happy with that for the time being.

"I'd certainly have a chat with Pim about the situation were I to consider an offer to come home, it's something I'd have to sort out," he told The World Game.

"He's always very approachable and I'd need to see what his thinking was. I wouldn't make a commitment to anybody back home without talking to him first.

"Being a Socceroo is something I've fought for during my career and worked hard to achieve. It's come late for me and obviously there's quite a bit at stake.

"First and foremost, I'm a Colchester player and at this stage I expect to be kick starting next season with them. I think the link between myself and Glory has probably been blown a little out of proportion."

Andrew Slevison
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