Tyson's fired up to keep playing

Jerrad Tyson
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AFTER his career in the A-League was thrown into disarray yesterday, Gold Coast United custodian Jerrad Tyson said he was prepared to contact the Sunshine Coast Fire in search of game time.

Tyson and fellow former Sunshine Coast players Mitch Cooper and Zac Anderson were left floundering after Football Federation Australia terminated the club's licence, which was held by mining magnate Clive Palmer.

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"I need to get myself to the best possible place for me as a player," Tyson said.

"I need to keep myself fit within the industry, so I'll be exploring every option.

"All three of us were coming off contract and in the same situation.

"Who knows, maybe (Sunshine Coast Fire chairman) Noel Wood all might get a phone call from us and we'll see if the Fire might have us."

The trio was among the rising stars of the A-League.

Tyson had been starting to make his mark as a goalkeeper, Anderson was solid in defence and teenager Cooper recently got handed the captaincy on debut.

Tyson said: "For me right now, my focus is on exploring all avenues to stay at a professional level, but you never know.

"Unfortunately, as much as I would hate it, it may come to a situation where I may be forced to drop back to a state league level."

Woodall said the Fire would welcome Tyson with open arms.

"If he wants to come home, then we'd love to have him around," he said.

"Jerrad has had a close relationship with us, ongoing.

"When players leave, they leave, but Jerrad has always been very good at coming back and promoting the game here.

"He's still kept in contact with the Coast, even while he's been in the A-League, so we've always welcomed him to talk to us.

"I wouldn't say it is automatic, but we'd obviously like to have him back at the club doing something - if not as our senior keeper.

"Cooper's brother played in our youth team and Anderson we've had our eyes on for a long time. We spotted him a long time ago."

FFA chairman Frank Lowy said to protect the integrity of the competition following Palmer's "flagrant disregard" for A-League rules, he had no alternative but to revoke the Gold Coast's licence.

Palmer continued to defy the FFA after the Gold Coast was issued with a breach notice for contravening a direction not to use "Freedom of Speech" logos last weekend on Skilled Park signage and players' jerseys.

Palmer has also been outspoken in his criticism of the A-League's administration and the code over the past fortnight.

Topics:  a-league football gold coast united jerrad tyson sunshine coast fire

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