Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kewell's return to Australia would truly be a wonderful affair to saviour

Resurrecting his career: Harry Kewell.

Resurrecting his career: Harry Kewell. Photo: Getty Images

As Harry Kewell looked at the playing field before him, he can't have felt too bad about the decision he'd made a few days before.

The clock had just ticked into the 80th minute as he made his return to club football on Saturday with Al-Gharafa in their Qatari Stars League match against Al-Sadd.

On his side, the wildly talented but temperamental Djibril Cisse was up front. Brazilian star Alex occupied the midfield, with Qatar's two best defenders, Bilal Mohammed and Ibrahim Al-Ghanim holding up the rear.

For Al-Sadd, Iraq legend Younis Mahmoud was joined by ex-Asian Player of the Year Khalfan Ibrahim and one of the greatest of the them all, Real Madrid's Raul, in attack.


Contrary to what many think, Qatar's league is decent enough. No wonder three current Socceroos - Sasa Ognenovski, Matthew Spiranovic and Kewell's new teammate, Mark Bresciano - call the small desert peninsula home. Until Lucas Neill returned, five top Australians played across the border in the United Arab Emirates.

It's tough to criticise Kewell for choosing to resurrect his career in the Middle East. It could be argued he's following a trend, and with Asia's three-plus-one rule offering a passport to great Australian wealth, a big pay day beckons.

Reports have circulated that if Kewell impresses during his spell with Al-Gharafa, he could land a contract worth $1.5 million next season. It's double what he earned during his spell in the A-League, and that was coming off a strong season in Turkey with Galatasaray.

This time Kewell is coming off an empty shell of a year. There's been a whiff of a deal here and there, but seldom has it been sustained. It's now been 12 months between club matches. There was even a chance Kewell would continue the unfortunate tradition of great players such as Mark Viduka, Craig Johnston and Mark Bosnich and vanish from the game into a cloud of smoke.

In that sense, it's great to see Kewell back. He was a remarkable player and is probably only a pre-season away from making his presence felt at the highest level. It won't take much to revive his Socceroos' career.

But one wonders why he hasn't come back to Australia. Doha, though hardly as far away as Melbourne, is still an eight-hour flight from his family home in Cheshire. Not exactly next door. Kewell's relationship with his country of birth remains testy and this deal has the potential to confuse fans again. He certainly doesn't need the petrodollars.

The 34-year-old doesn't owe the game anything but his image would be hugely enhanced by a successful final fling. Besides, he's a western Sydney boy, and you can only imagine the boost he'd give the Wanderers next season. What a fantasy front four: Kewell, Hersi, Bridge, Ono.

Would it be a tragedy if he never comes back? No, but it would be a shame. Even after all the highs and lows, the Golden Boy could have made us fall in love all over again.
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