Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
Chris Coyne`s new manager, David Mitchell, says ex-Colchester defender, Chris Coyne, did not join Perth Glory for the benefit of his bank account.
That`s contrary to what questions from the Australian media were anticipating at his signing days ago.
It made him another Oz-international singing for the Glory but, crucially on the weekly-pay issue, he not a marquee player.
Each A-League side is allowed to select a maximum of four players per squad as exempt from the divisional salary cap, but Mitchell confirmed Coyne isn`t currently one of them at Perth.
"It's not all about money, money, money," Mitchell said in a recent edition of the Brisbane Times. "Some of the guys have taken a drastic wage cut to come here,' he said.
Mitchell added: "Chris has taken a big wage cut and that's a credit to him. There were some big offers on the table for him.
"We told him where the club wanted to go and where we wanted to be ... and he said he wanted to be a part of that."
Coyne himself also refuted any idea that he had moved on for money only, this time in the West Australian.
Ahead of the season which finishes with a major tournament, he said: "It`s a big year for Aussies hoping to make it to the World Cup in 10 months.
"I wouldn`t be here otherwise. I`m not coming here to pick money up, I`m not coming here just to play games," said Coyne, who had time remaining on his Colchester contract until the club agreed to terminate it last week.
Since the regular A-League season at Coyne's new ends in February 2010, there remains a possibility he will return to Europe, and maybe England, to keep fit before the Australian national team travels to South Africa next summer.
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