Corica intent on keeping A-League marquees

Emma Kemp
New Sydney FC coach Steve Corica in intent on keeping marquees Milos Ninkovic (R) and Bobo (2nd L)

Newly appointed Sydney FC coach Steve Corica hasn't ruled out targeting a big-name foreign marquee if clubs are given a third slot outside the salary cap to help re-energise the A-League.

But for now, Graham Arnold's successor only has eyes for retaining the club's existing marquee men.

Record-breaking golden boot winner Bobo and star playmaker Milos Ninkovic have still not re-signed after the club had put all contract talks on hold until the end of the season.

And as FFA continues its bold pursuit of Andres Iniesta and several other stars including Keisuke Honda, Corica is focused on tying up loose ends in his own backyard.

Discussions on a third marquee slot would wait at least until FFA made a call on whether clubs would be allowed an additional big name, as was the case two years ago with Melbourne City's signing of Tim Cahill.

"We'll have to cross that bridge when it comes but, at the moment, we've got two marquees we're trying to re-sign and that's our main focus," Corica said.

"They've been wonderful for us over the last couple of years and I believe in them, know them very well and what they bring to the team and the club as well.

"So we'll be looking to re-sign them as soon as possible."

Bobo's retention appears a mere formality after the Brazilian striker had triggered a clause in his contract, guaranteeing the same terms, after surpassing the 18-goal mark on his way to a record season tally of 27.

Corica was also confident Ninkovic would stay on board as the back-to-back premiers attempted to reclaim their title of 2016-17.

It's believed Sydney's hierarchy, having splashed out heavily on Italian great Alessandro Del Piero, are not against the possibility of signing a third marquee of similar calibre.

But their interest is more in the concept as a whole and having a say in how FFA's new $3 million fund provided by Fox Sports will be spent. Sydney FC are keen to wait for finer details to be ironed out.