Socceroo Culina poised to quit Europe

Australian international midfielder Jason Culina is poised to leave Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and return home to play in the domestic A-League competition, a report said Friday.

Culina, 28, who has played 36 times for his country, is awaiting developments in the European transfer window this month before committing himself to play for new A-League club Gold Coast United, the report said.

The Sydney Morning Herald said Culina has agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported 1.2 million dollars (864,000 US) a season - far less than he could have gained in Europe. It said he has spurned offers from PSV Eindhoven, as well as Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, to sign with the newly-created club.

"There will be no confirmation from the club about Jason or anyone until we have a signed contract, which at this stage, we do not," a club spokesman told AFP.

Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg also denied a deal had been finalised. "We offered terms to him that he was happy with and he said we were his first option," Bleiberg told the Herald.

"But he is waiting until the end of the transfer window to see if something will happen, if not, he will come to us. That's the deal. As far as I know, he's mine. Has he signed the paper? No. But it is not true that he is not coming, either."

Culina's father, Branko, the former coach of Sydney FC, said his son was torn about coming home and expected him to decide his playing future by the weekend. "The truth is he hasn't signed," Branko told the newspaper. "He's currently in Spain with PSV in a training camp and he's staying there until Saturday or Sunday, which is when he will make his decision."

The Herald said it understands Gold Coast submitted a marquee player application to Football Federation Australia on Thursday, which the governing body accepted.

Gold Coast and North Queensland Fury will fill the two spots created by an expansion in the A-League from eight teams to 10 for the 2009-10 season.