Central Coast Mariners in dispute over Konyaspor’s Vukovic dealings

Central Coast Mariners have confirmed they are have entered a pay dispute regarding former goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and Turkish club Konyaspor.

The 25-year old gloveman left the Mariners to sign a three-year deal with Konyaspor a couple of months ago but recently had his contract terminated by the Turkish outfit and Mariners CEO John McKay says his club wants compensation for the initial transfer.

“Danny had been training with the club for over five weeks and had played in six friendlies, and by all accounts he had begun to fit in well there, so it’s certainly a shock to hear they’ve suddenly decided not to honour his contract,” said McKay.

“We have now entered into a formal dispute process through FIFA over Konyaspor’s failure to pay us the agreed transfer fee, of which we have been waiting on for some time, and which the Turkish club had originally assured we would receive by the end of last week.”

McKay added that the Mariners would help Vukovic where they could in regard to getting his career back on track.

“As I understand it remains a dream of Danny’s to play at the top level in Europe despite this setback, and the Mariners will certainly be fully supportive of him in assisting where we can to aid his future playing prospects and with his own dispute with the Turkish club,” he added.