Paper Talk: Champness shares the stage, Grant's mullet message

Joe Champness introduced his musical talents to the Hyundai A-League in Round 3 and the Newcastle Jets youngster might already have found himself an unlikely new sidekick.

Elsewhere, Rhyan Grant has issued a response to the playful banter concerning his increasingly iconic mullet, while a style challenger for the Sydney FC man emerged across the ditch.

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He's a smooth operator on the pitch and Newcastle Jets attacker Joe Champness proved he has just as much talent off it over the weekend.

The 21-year-old, who is recovering from a fractured foot, entertained fans with a taste of his hip hop skills before the Grand Final rematch against Melbourne Victory.

Champness has already released several singles through his own record label and was in his element on Saturday.

"[Fans] can expect a lot of energy, what I represent. That is good music and honest music, that's what I'm looking to deliver," he said prior to the set.

What onlookers at McDonald Jones Stadium might not have expected was a surprise appearance from Newcastle chief executive Lawrie McKinna.

You can't accuse the former Central Coast Mariners coach of having only one string to his bow.

Grant: Get used to it!

Rhyan Grant's exceptional start to the season with Sydney FC has perhaps only been overshadowed by one thing: his haircut.

The moustachioed right-back's throwback mullet has been a talking point over the opening three rounds with fans split on whether it's a disaster or divine.

Regardless, Grant is adamant it's here to stay.

"I'm keeping it for the season and everyone has to get used to it otherwise they will be repeating the same jokes every week," he told Fox Sports after the win over Melbourne City.

Rhyan Grant

Hyundai A-League's best-dressed fan?

If Grant's haircut is divisive then one man took it to a whole new level on Saturday.

The fashion stakes were well and truly raised when a walking kaleidoscope was spotted attending Wellington Phoenix's clash with Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium.

It was the type of suit that might be rolled out for a buck's party rather than wet and windy Wellington, but made for a memorable sight all the same.

Thankfully for Western Sydney's sake, it seems none of their players got too close a look, otherwise they would surely have become disoriented during the 3-0 victory.

City lead classy Leicester tributes

The footballing world has been in mourning since Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were killed in a recent helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium.

The club's players returned to the pitch on the Premier League over the weekend and did so with plenty of support behind them.

Melbourne City fans offered a particularly nice touch on Friday night when they unfurled a banner in solidarity with the Foxes.

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It was an especially poignant moment for defender Ritchie De Laet.

The Belgium international has close ties with Leicester after forming part of the squad that defied the odds to sensationally win the Premier League in 2016.

The on-loan defender paid his own personal tribute with a heartfelt message on his shirt in the warm-up at AAMI Park.

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