Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has closed the door once and for all on Socceroos veteran Harry Kewell playing for the WA club.
Despite owner Tony Sage saying Ferguson and chief executive Paul Kelly were due to meet Kewell yesterday, the Scot today indicated he knew nothing of any scheduled get-together. Kewell has also denied knowledge of a meeting.
Kelly is still keen to explore options to sign the player but says the final decision will rest with Ferguson, who ended the speculation today.
"I think he's made it quite clear he won't be playing for Perth Glory," Ferguson said.
"He's not going to be here, it's as simple as that. Harry Kewell's not going to play for Perth Glory.
"If we look at the squad we've got, it's fully booked. We've got 23 spots and I believe there's a guest spot and if the club wants to go down that road we'll have a look at that.
"But we're happy with the squad we've got and we're happy with the players we've got."
Glory chairman Tony Sage had a chance meeting with Kewell at the Melbourne Cup this week and stoked the fire, with the club claiming it was set to meet Kewell when he came to Perth for a golf tournament this week.
Ferguson said he would sit down with Sage to clarify the situation.
"Until Tony comes back, and I have a chat with Tony, I really don't know what was said between him and Harry," Ferguson said.
"It's obviously something we need to sit down and have a chat about."Star striker Shane Smeltz has performed well in three sessions this week and will start on the bench against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium this week.