Gary van Egmond scouts European talent

JETS coach Gary van Egmond plans to travel to Holland and Germany next month before compiling a shortlist of potential overseas recruits.

After inheriting the squad from Branko Culina, van Egmond has begun the process of building his own roster.

He has added promising young Australians James Brown, Adam Taggart and Mark Birighitti, but the most important pieces of the puzzle will be the overseas contingent.

A decision on whether clubs will be allowed four or five imports will be made at a meeting between owners and Football Federation Australia today.

Brazilian defender Tiago is the only visa player contracted at the Jets beyond this season.

Kiwi international Jeremy Brockie is likely to head to Asia or another A-League club after knocking back what he considered a disappointing offer from the Jets.

Korean Byun Sung-hwan has not been offered a new deal and is expected to return to the K-League.

Former Everton star Francis Jeffers has had preliminary talks, as has fellow veteran Michael Bridges, who hopes to be granted Australian citizenship to qualify as a domestic player.

At the very least, van Egmond will be looking to fill two overseas spots with new players.

‘‘The overseas players have to have a point of difference and be the aces in the pack,’’ he said.

‘‘I will probably look to go overseas after we complete training on April 13.

‘‘I have some contacts in Holland and Germany and will go and watch some games, check players out and put together a shortlist.

‘‘Essentially we are after a No.9 and No.10. Obviously we have seen what some of the imports [in the A-League] have done. Thomas Broich and [Besart] Berisha have been successful for Brisbane.

‘‘We don’t necessarily want a Broich type. We just want players who are effective.’’

Korean trialist Do Dong-hyun trained with the Jets for the first time yesterday.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder played with Kyung Hee University, a division below the K-League, last season and spent a week at Dutch club NEC before coming to Australia.

‘‘He is quite sharp and can go past players, which is what we need, especially in the middle of the park,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He looks handy but again his age is a concern, because we already have so many young ones.

‘‘We need some leadership in our team. If we had a lot of talkers and people who can direct traffic and take ownership of the team, someone like him could be the right type of person.

‘‘Again, that is what we have to balance out.’’

Do does not speak English, and Byun acted as his translator yesterday.

Song Jin-hyung was in a similar situation when he joined the Jets on the eve of the 2007-08 finals.

The then 18-year-old studied English and used his two seasons at the Jets as a stepping stone to French second-division club FC Tours. He spent two years in France before returning to his homeland in January and signed a three-year deal at K-League club Jeju United.

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