A-League: Adelaide United has decided on new captain

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Mauk’s days in the City Of Churches are numbered. Sarah Reed
Camera IconMauk’s days in the City Of Churches are numbered. Sarah Reed Credit: News Corp Australia

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 its next game.

“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.”

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Camera IconMauk’s days in the City Of Churches are numbered. Sarah Reed Credit: News Corp Australia

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.”

Originally published as A-League: Adelaide United has decided on new captain

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