John Curtis has started a two week training stint with A-League outfit Gold Coast United this week with the possibility of a permanent move if all goes well.
The former Manchester United player has been a free agent since being released by League Two side Northampton Town seven days ago.
The 31 year old defender famously came through the United ranks as part of the FA Youth Cup winning side of 1994/95 with David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville. John also played for Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers (where he won the League Cup in 2002).
Gold Coast United’s head coach Miron Bleiberg refused to call the arrangement with the former England under 21 a ‘trial’ but did admit if things went well the club would hold talks with Curtis.
“John is very welcome to come and spend some time with us and we are very much looking forward to having him here,” Bleiberg said.
“He has undoubted quality and is very experienced. John is coming here via a mutual acquaintance and I am not sure at this stage what his long-term intentions are.
“Anything is possible, but the plan at the moment is for John to come and train with us and we will see what happens from there.”
Gold Coast finished 3rd in the table in the A-League to qualify for the finals where they were knocked out in the first round by Michael Bridges and Newcastle Jets on penalties. United also had some financial instability at the end of the Australian season but this seems to have subsided now.
Quotes taken for Gold Coast United’s official website.