Coyne leaves Perth Glory for Liaoning Hongyun
Perth Glory defender Chris Coyne has sealed a loan move to Chinese outfit Liaoning Hongyun in a bid to secure a place in Pim Verbeek's Australia World Cup squad.
With Perth's season over as they have not reached the A-League play-offs, the 31-year-old - who has seven caps for the Socceroos - decided to join the Chinese Super League side in a quest for regular football between now and when boss Pim Verbeek finalises his squad for South Africa.
"It's a great opportunity,'' Coyne said. "It's been well advertised that Pim Verbeek wants us to go away and play football and I've had that in the back of my head.
"I spoke to Pim and going over there and playing games is important and the World Cup would be the icing on the cake. It's been a drawn out process because there are so many different parties involved but it's worked out well.
"I wouldn't drag myself away from my wife and kids if it wasn't for a good reason and obviously the opportunity of getting a World Cup berth is a once in a lifetime opportunity so it had to be done.''
Glory chief executive Paul Kelly wished Coyne success in his Chinese adventure.
"The World Cup is the biggest show on earth,'' Kelly said. "We would love to see Chris represent the Socceroos in South Africa and hope this loan deal gives him that opportunity.''