Tyson heads to Asia
CHAMPIONS League football will be a priority as goal keeper Jerrad Tyson finalises a deal that will see move to Asia next season.
The 24-year-old free agent said that he was deciding between a "couple" of deals from high-profile clubs playing in elite leagues in Asia.
"I certainly wouldn't go to a second-division country, but it's going to be outside of Australia inside the Asian Confederation, which is exciting for me as well," he said.
"Hopefully, depending on how successful some of these clubs could be, there's the potential of playing Champions League football. We'll just have to wait and see which decision I make, but playing in Asia next season will be very exciting."
Tyson could not confirm which clubs or countries he was looking at but after two years on the bench at Western Sydney he sees game time as a priority.
"I'm just going to spend the next few days deciding which deal I'm going to take," he said on Saturday. "There are a few options from a few different leagues around Asia, which are quite lucrative and they are good for what I need at this stage of my career, which is to be in the starting team.
"I'm just going to weigh it up over the next couple of days to decide which league and which opportunity will suit me best and then I'll go ahead and attack that new chapter.
"The last two years - as exciting and rewarding as they've been - it's been incredibly frustrating as well to have to watch the two seasons from the bench at this time in my career.
"I have to get some game time. I need to be a number one and experience week in, week out football at the top level."
The move will be the first overseas foray for the former Australia under-20s and under-23s representative, who played at Gold Coast United before taking the backup role at Western Sydney.
Tyson was let go by the Wanderers after two seasons as part of a clean out of the playing group, which has made back-to-back A-League grand finals.
The former Fire keeper was back on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday to donate $10,000 to Maroochydore Football Club, his team from under-13s to premier division.
Tyson won the $10,000 as part of the ME Bank Green Card for Fairer Play Award and he said his six seasons at Maroochydore were the most important of his career.
"I learnt the right attitude and all the little things that go along with sport that helped me get to where I am today," he said.
"It was probably the most important five or six years of my life. I learnt just how important football is and I learnt all of the little things that go along with sport that make a difference."