Sunderland's Yorke yearns for Australia return

Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke has not ruled out a return to the A-League after previously turning out for Sydney FC three years ago.

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The former Manchester United player is currently out of contract with the Black Cats and is waiting for Sunderland to offer him a new deal.

Yorke, however, is believed to be eyeing a coaching and playing role at the club. The 36-year-old is studying for his FIFA "B" coaching badge.

According to a source close to the ex-Aston Villa star, he is open to the suggestion of returning to Australia to hone his playing and coaching skills.

Yorke was a hit with the Sydney fans during the 2005/6 season - where he helped the club to the A-League championship.

Said the unnamed source: "Dwight's made no secret that he loves it here in Australia. If he can find a team in the A-League that is the right fit, both playing and coaching-wise, there's every chance he'll be in Australia for the new season."

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