Star Glory trio consider leaving

The Perth Glory will know over the next week whether it will lose its three Qantas Socceroos during the January transfer window, with an approach for former striker Nikita Rukavytsya dependent on their response.

The Perth Glory will know over the next week whether it will lose its three Qantas Socceroos during the January transfer window, with an approach for former striker Nikita Rukavytsya dependent on their response.

Speaking on Friday, coach Dave Mitchell said he'd be asking Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne over the next seven days whether they were wanting an overseas loan during January in order to pursue their World Cup ambitions next year.

As the Hyundai A-League finishes in March and doesn't go through to May like a regular European season, the trio may be looking for a loan overseas to ensure they stay match fit and are available for selection when Qantas Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek names his squad for the finals in June next year.

Mitchell admits he's not sure whether the Glory can make an impact or even qualify for the finals without them but said he'd consider approaching Dutch Eredivisie leader FC Twente to ask for a short-term loan for Rukavytsya.

"With the Nikita situation, we have to find out if our players are going to move first," said Mitchell.

"We have got to make sure, are they leaving? Or are they not? We can't leave it in the wind."

"So the decision will be made in the next week or so whether the players are going to go."

"Then we'll see what happens and make sure that if they do leave, we bring quality players in."

"If they're going to move, then that's the situation where if Nikita's not playing regularly and wants to come back and they (FC Twente) are willing to let him go, then that's the next step."

Mitchell said no approach had been made for Nikita, saying it was merely in-house speculation that found its way to the media during the week.

But he conceded the former striker, who scored 10 Hyundai A-League goals last season, would be the perfect replacement for someone like Sterjovski as he's not only a quality finisher but would slot into the current squad more easily than others.

"It's going to be difficult to get Australian players, so the quality that we're looking for is probably going to be from overseas," Mitchell said.

"(This will affect) how quickly they settle in, so you're looking at predominantly someone who can speak English and come in and settle very quickly."

"(But Nikita) would fit in like a glove."

"I've heard he's missing Perth so that's a bonus and everyone knows him, so it'd be a great addition if that was to happen but again there's a lot of things to happen before we can go to that stage."

Rukavytsya has struggled to break into the domineering FC Twente senior side during this campaign but has been scoring regularly for the club's reserves.

But while the three Qantas Socceroos would be leaving the Glory to enhance their World Cup chances, Mitchell believes a return to Perth may enhance Rukavytsya's as the 22-year-old was overlooked by Verbeek for this weekend's clash with Oman as a result of not making regular senior appearances.

As a result, Sydney's Alex Brosque has received a call-up in place of the injured Josh Kennedy and Celtic's Scott McDonald has been left out after failing to score in all of his appearances for the Qantas Socceroos so far.

"Sometimes when you're a young player of that calibre he's there, he might be a bit lonely not playing," Mitchell said.

"If he came and had eight to 10 games here, revitalise his season and go back and be a better player for it, that's a scenario."

"But I can understand where Twente might not like the idea, but from the point of view for the player, the personality he is, it could work."