Usain Bolt may be grabbing the headlines as he continues his attempt to switch from sprinting to A-League football, but it is a pair of former Premier League players that are having a far greater impact, at least as far as the football in concerned.
And one of those players is on the same side as the one to which Bolt aspires, the Central Coast Mariners.
He is Kalifa Cisse and he used to play for Reading as a defender. He has shown the value of taking a footballer who can, for whatever reason or reasons, no longer play at the elite level, but still adds considerable value, as Cisse demonstrated in Mariner matches against Brisbane and Melbourne City.
He is currently on top of the points table with six.
Right behind him is the Wellington Phoenix’s star Steven Taylor. Taylor is also a defender and he has played against Wellington when in New Zealand for a pre-season tour in 2014. He made over 200 appearances for Newcastle United from 2003 – 2016.
Taylor is the first signing for new Wellington Coach Mark Rudan.
Taylor expressed enthusiasm for his new environment, saying of the time he played on the other side, “It was an unbelievable experience,” referring to the 2014 match.
“The crowd here was phenomenal and it was a game where we probably should have got beat. I remember in the last 15 minutes the Phoenix had a good few chances, we kept it as an open game because we wanted to give the fans their money’s worth, and it was a great game.”
Taylor was most recently in the employ of League One club Peterborough. His arrangement with the Phoenix is for one year with an option for another.
He has also played in the U.S., when he spent a brief spell with the Portland Timbers.