Janko’s A-League career up in the air

Marc Janko’s Sydney FC future remains clouded with the Austrian striker flying home on Tuesday with no fixed plans to return to Australia.

The off-contract marquee will miss the Sky Blues’ upcoming blockbuster friendlies against English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea following Sunday’s Grand Final defeat to Melbourne Victory. 

The 32-year-old will instead focus his attention on his upcoming nuptials before the Austrian skipper links with his national team for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia on 14 June.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold said Janko was yet to give any indication as to whether he will accept the contract extension the club has tabled, believed to be in a vicinity of $1.4M for next season.

"Nothing's changed on our view, it's a long off-season and obviously we'll communicate with Marc from over there. Emotionally, we need to make the right decision and so does Marc,” Arnold told reporters at Sydney airport on Monday.

"No he hasn't, I just said to him 'is there any indication?' and he said 'no coach'. He said he wants to go home and think about things.

Graham Arnold Grand Final


“His future wife's back there now organising everything for him. He's heading home tomorrow to sort the wedding out and get married on I think it's the 7th of June.

"Sometimes when you get away from the situation and away from the emotion you make a sensible decision and it's the decision that he wants to make and what the club wants to make.”

Janko heads a large list of Sydney FC players coming off-contract following their 3-0 Grand Final defeat to Melbourne Victory with the club set to expedite negotiations with Bernie Ibini, Milos Dimitrijevic, Mickael Tavares, Jacques Faty and Shane Smeltz.

The Sky Blues play Tottenham at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 May, before backing up against recently crowned English Premier League champions Chelsea on 2 June.