Five games into Taras Gomulka’s A-League career was all it took before a rival club was convinced the teenager should be theirs.
The former MetroStars, Adelaide City, Raiders and Modbury Vista junior is understood to have discounted a counter offer from Adelaide United after the Reds initially offered a scholarship deal.
It’s understood Gomulka is about to pen a multi year senior contract with Melbourne City after the teenager had seven days to make up his mind under the current FFA transfer regulations.
Gomulka, a defensive midfielder, now appears set to join former young South Australians Bernardo Oliveira, Raphael Borges Rodrigues, Joe Gauci and Yaya Dukuly (who has attracted interest from Adelaide United) at City.
Gomulka was given his Reds chance during the COVID-19 restart and made an outstanding debut under interim coach Carlo Veart.
He never looked back and sparkled in the 2-2 draw with City in the club’s final game of the interrupted season before Adelaide was ousted from the finals series.
Gomulka won the club’s national youth league player of the year jointly with Lachlan Brook in a rapid rise to the top of Australia’s professional game.
He played 26 NPL games for the young Reds NPL side before making his A-League against Brisbane Roar in July as another brilliant youngster Louis D’Arrigo was recovering from injury.
And there could be more players on the move during the A-League offseason.
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With the A-League’s collective bargaining agreement yet to be finalised, sources claim contracted players will be free to seek new deals at other clubs if they’re offered 30 per cent below what their salaries were worth pre-COVID-19.
The salary cap is destined to be shrunk by more than $1 million from $3.2 million last season with talk that $1.7 million could be the absolute minimum spend for struggling clubs.
But it appears cashed up clubs like Sydney FC, Melbourne City, Western Sydney, Melbourne Victory and Western United will continue to thrive in keeping their lucrative playing stock.