Former Socceroo Mark Bresciano is considering a farewell stint in the Hyundai A-League as the midfielder ponders shelving retirement plans for another season.
The 35-year-old is set to become a free agent following three seasons with Qatari club Al-Gharafa and has revealed he’s currently weighing up his playing options.
"At the moment, I am finishing now with Al-Gharafa," Bresciano told beIN Sports.
"My contract is going to come to an end with Al-Gharafa.
"At the moment I'm just going to take my time in the holiday period and reflect just to see what's going to be my next step, if I'm going to continue to play football or just to quit and see what can be my life after football."
Bresciano, who moved to the Middle East after spending the majority of his senior career in Italy, would be a coveted signing at home with numerous clubs currently having their Australian marquee spot vacant for the 2015/16 campaign.
Both clubs in Bresciano’s hometown of Melbourne would seemingly be strong contenders with Victory’s Mark Milligan and City’s Josh Kennedy both departing during the off-season.
However the 84-capped Socceroo, who brought the curtains down on his international career after January’s Asian Cup triumph, was clear motivation would be the decisive factor in his final decision.
"I'd consider the A-League as well," Bresciano said.
"That's only if I still have that desire to keep playing.
"I don't want to keep playing for the wrong reasons. I want to just play if I still have that motivation and want to succeed."
Cahill's Jamshedpur remain unbeaten in Indian Super League
Tim Cahill’s unbeaten start to life in the Indian Super League has continued with his Jamshedpur drawing 1-1 with ATK overnight. In his first home appearance for his new club, Australia’s greatest-ever goalscorer started in attack and played 74 minutes before he was substitute
Aussies Abroad: Milestone moment for Leckie in Bundesliga
Mathew Leckie has reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga. The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.
Aussies Abroad: Rogic stars in clash of Caltex Socceroos, Ryan and Mabil impress
In-form Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic produced a man-of-the-match performance in Celtic’s 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian on Sunday morning (AEDT). Rogic - who netted in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait on Tuesday - scored an outstanding goal and then pro
Milicic ‘extremely proud’ of Young Socceroos comeback
Young Socceroos boss Ante Milicic praised his side’s “strong Australian mentality” after they battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw in their AFC U-19 Championship opener against Korea Republic. Melbourne City’s Ramy Najjarine came off the bench to score a stunning 89th-minute equ