Sky Blues look at marquee options

18 May 2017 05:01:11 EST

Head coach Graham Arnold can sign a big-name guest marquee player to help Sydney FC defend their A-League championship.

That's according to club chairman Scott Barlow, who says he is willing to stump up the cash providing Arnold finds one who fits the bill.

Arnold has flagged his intention to make two or three new signings in his drive for back-to-back premiership-championship doubles.

Barlow is prepared to look at the possibility of getting the kind of high-profile player they would need to be able to use the so-called 'Tim Cahill rule'.

That precedent, of signing a big enough name to be given dispensation for the signing outside the salary cap, was set when Cahill joined Melbourne City.

Cahill didn't help his new club win league honours, but having got to the top Barlow's made it clear he won't let rule out anything in terms of signing a player who can bring them another title.

Barlow said he would assess potential deals on a case-by-case basis. "It's something we look at from time to time," he added. "It's really driven from the football department and what they want.

"If there's the right opportunity that Graham and his coaching staff want to explore, then we'll always try and make that a possibility.

"There's always the commercial aspects to consider with those sorts of decisions as well."

Sydney FC are 9/4 to win the Grand Final again next season, with Melbourne Victory 9/2 and Perth Glory 8/1.

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