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Youngster Trent Buhagiar earns long-term deal with Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners' Trent Buhagiar
Speed demon Trent Buhagiar has earned a long-term contract with boyhood club Central Coast Mariners.

Trent Buhagiar's impressive start to his A-League career has earned him a contract extension with the Central Coast Mariners.

The speedy winger has played in every game this season, leading coach Paul Okon to tie down the 18-year-old until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Central Coast-raised Umina junior debuted late last season and has continued his growth as a wide attacker under Okon.

Buhagiar told reporters it was "a dream come true" to earn a long term deal at his local club.

"I've supported...

Brendon Santalab urges Popovic to sign Dimitar Berbatov for WSW

Western Sydney Wanderers are said to be keen on signing former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Brendon Santalab has already blotted his seal of approval on any potential Western Sydney Wanderers bid for Dimitar Berbatov, saying he'd jump at the chance to play with the former Manchester United striker.

Berbatov is the latest prospective marquee linked to the Wanderers as the A-League club attempt to solve what, before last weekend's 4-1 rout of the Central Coast Mariners, appeared to be a goal drought.

With the apparently imminent capture of Robbie Keane looking more unlikely by the day, coach...

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Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels says he was 'very close' to Man United move

Stewart Robson discusses Jose Mourinho's approach when dealing with Manchester United's squad.

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels says he was "very close" to a move to Manchester United under Louis van Gaal in 2014.

Hummels was playing for Borussia Dortmund when he was linked to an Old Trafford switch, but he stayed at the Westfalenstadion for two more years until joining Bayern this summer.

And the 27-year-old told the Daily Mail that United was only one of many English clubs who were vying for his services.

"Yes, [a deal was close]," Hummels said. "Yes, yes, yes. It was close. Very...

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Aitor Karanka hails 'massive' three points for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka talks after his side's 1-0 victory against Hull City.
Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Gaston Ramirez react to their narrow 1-0 victory over Hull City.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka hailed a "massive'' three points for his side after Gaston Ramirez headed the only goal of the game to sink Hull at the Riverside Stadium.

The Uruguayan's close-range finish capped a dominant performance by Boro, who were still forced to cling on for a point after Adama Diomande missed two golden chances in injury time.

The home side's first win in four games steered them clear of the relegation zone and Karanka said: "It's massive because they are a direct opponent...

 By PA Sport

Some sexual predators still active in English football - lawyer

Martin Glenn spoke about the need for an independent review into allegations of abuse suffered by footballers.

The lawyer who helped set up a new trust to raise money for footballers who were sexually abused as young players has said some individuals still active in football should be investigated.

Prosperity Law's Edward Smethurst also claimed gagging orders have been used by "a number" of clubs, after Chelsea on Saturday apologised to former player Gary Johnson for the abuse he suffered as a trainee in the 1970s.

Johnson waived the confidentiality clause in the £50,000 agreement they made with Johnson...

Manchester United believe football under Mourinho 'much better' - source

Stewart Robson discusses Jose Mourinho's approach when dealing with Manchester United's squad.
Despite a disappointing draw against Everton, Janusz Michallik suggests that Man United are headed in the right direction.
Jose Mourinho says despite conceding late, Manchester United displayed yet again that they were the better team by far.

Manchester United's hierarchy believe the football being served up by manager Jose Mourinho is "much better than last year," a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.

Mourinho has been working on implementing a style that is different to the one seen under his predecessor Louis van Gaal. That is one of the requirements of Mourinho's job -- not just results -- and he is aiming to lay down long-term foundations with that style.

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