A-League: Adelaide United captaincy, draw with Melbourne City

Adelaide United coach Carl Veart has already made a decision on who will succeed Stefan Mauk as the A-League Men side’s captain.

A Japanese visa is halting Adelaide United from naming a new captain to replace wantaway skipper Stefan Mauk.

Adelaide coach Carl Veart said the club had appointed a new captain, but it’s unsure whether he will be named before Adelaide hosts Western Sydney at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night.

“We already know who the next captain is,’’ Veart said.

“We’ve got a good leadership group in the team, the three Spanish boys (Isaias, Juande and Javi Lopez) are really good leaders, they push the team.

“Then you have Craig Goodwin and Ryan Kitto who have qualities as well we’re not lacking in that regard when Stef moves on.”

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Mauk kept the armband on the weekend after last week publicly declaring he was angling for a move to Japanese football.

It’s understood Mauk will join Socceroos striker Mitch Duke at J2 League outfit Fagiano Okayama.

He also played 90 minutes in Adelaide’s 2-2 draw with Melbourne City at Hindmarsh on Saturday night.

“As far as I know the (Japanese) deal for Mauk is still on,’’ Veart said.

“He is waiting for his visa and as soon as that visa comes in, he’ll be off.

“At this stage (his new club), they’re happy for him to keep playing and Stef is a true professional and he gives everything. It’s going to be disappointing to lose him.”

Adelaide came from behind twice to rescue a point when George Blackwood and Japanese debutant striker Hiroshi Ibusuki scored in the second half.

Veart is confident Ibusuki and Lachlan Brook, who was re-signed on loan from English premier league club Brentford, will add much more depth to the outfit after the pair made good impressions off the bench against City.

Ibusuki became an instant Reds cult hero when he scored the equaliser six minutes from time.

“Hiroshi when he came on, the little bit I have seen, he has only had the one training session with us, he has some quality,’’ Veart said.

“His touch is excellent, he knows where the goal is, he will only improve, and you don’t play in Spain as long as he did unless you’re technically a good footballer.”

Veart is also confident the Wanderers will overcome Covid-19 pandemic woes where it had games postponed including last weekend’s clash against Melbourne Victory because it affected several players from the Victorian side.

“My understanding is their (Wanderers) squad might be safe enough now,’’ Veart said.

“I have said all along we don’t want to postpone our games, we want to keep playing our games, it’s a tough enough season as it is.

“So, if we can play our games all the way through when it’s getting towards the back end of the season, teams are having to play more games, hopefully, we can get some success there.”

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