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Ex-West Ham, Birmingham winger Lazaridis urges Carney to return to A-League

Stan Lazaridis believes free agent David Carney should come back to Australia so he can resurrect his flailing career.

The 29-year old left-back has lost his way in recent years after his time in Europe and former West Ham United and Birmingham City winger Lazaridis feels he would be better suited coming to the A-League to give himself a chance of playing at the top level, perhaps in Asia.

"I would like to see him come back and join an A-League club, get himself playing again and get himself back in the shop window," Lazaridis said of the former Sheffield United, Blackpool, FC Twente and Bunyodkor defender who is hoping to join Iranian club Persepolis FC.

"Maybe that would get him back on the national team radar also.

"The problem is that the longer he goes without a club, and the more he moves around, it will tend to devalue him.

"People will start to say 'what's wrong him him? Something must be amiss'.

"They won't want to touch him, even if there is most probably nothing wrong at all. It's all down to perceptions.

"We need to see him playing again as we saw in his time at Sydney FC and that would put him in the market for a move into the Asian market, which is a very decent level these days and has already attracted a lot of our better players.

"I wouldn't have thought Iran would have been a viable place for him anyway. He needs to be playing in a half decent league and he should try and make that happen as fast as he can."

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