Former Perth Glory defender Bas van den Brink has not ruled out a return to the A-League after his proposed move to India fell through.
Van den Brink asked for a release from his Glory contract last month and cited uncertainty over his future at the club beyond this season as his reason for leaving.
He was set to sign a deal with Churchill Brothers SC and trained with the I-League club, but the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement.
Van den Brink and his family have since returned home to the Netherlands.
Van den Brink said he would be open to a return to Australia but had not received any firm offers.
“Considering my football time there to me it would be a nice step,” van den Brink told FourFourTwo.
“At least people in the A-League know what I can and cannot do.
“I’ve had a great time in the A-League so obviously I’d like to keep that option open but I haven’t had a lot of time to put feelers out.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the short-term or the long term now. I’m still eager to play football.”
Van den Brink, 30, joined Glory last season and played a key role in the club’s fairytale run to the grand final.
But things turned sour this season and coach Ian Ferguson was sacked this week following an eight-game winless streak, a move that van den Brink described as “inevitable”.
“Maybe the timing surprised me more than it happened,” van den Brink.
“I think the way things were going it was probably inevitable that it was going to happen.
“The players Perth’s got this season and being bottom of the table I don’t think (the results) really reflected the quality so then it was bound to happen.”