Emerton set for return home
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Blackburn manager Steve Kean has revealed Australia star Brett Emerton is considering an offer to return to his home city to play for Sydney FC.

Emerton has been at Blackburn for eight years but his time with the Premier League club could be coming to a close, according to Kean.

Speaking after his side's 3-1 League Cup second round win over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park on Wednesday, Keane said Emerton has been contacted by an Australian club.

Reports in Australia say Emerton is set to be unveiled as a Sydney FC player this week after Rovers agreed to cancel the last year of his contract.

The 32-year-old former Sydney Olympic player, who is Australia's second most capped international with 87 appearances, has been playing in Europe for 11 years.

With Brett there has been interest from his hometown club and we have had a bit of dialogue.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean

"With Brett there has been interest from his hometown club and we have had a bit of dialogue. If Brett does move it will be a family decision, not a football decision," Kean said.

"If Brett decides it's something he'd like to explore you've got to give respect for the service he's given the club. If we do lose him it will be very, very sad."

Sydney's bid for Emerton comes in the same week that fellow A-League side Melbourne Victory signed former Liverpool winger Harry Kewell.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Emerton's signing for Sydney FC will be confirmed today, with the club calling a media conference for today to "make a major player announcement".