Incheon United are on the verge of signing the young Melbourne City centre-back, who has struggled for games this season
Australian defender Connor Chapman is set to leave Melbourne City for K League club Incheon United pending the successful completion of a medical next week.
An Incheon official has confirmed to Goal that the medical is scheduled for Monday.
Chapman, who came up through the ranks at Newcastle Jets before joining City’s predecessor Melbourne Heart in 2014, has struggled for games this season.
If the transfer is completed, Chapman will leave City after 35 A-League appearances across three seasons with the 22-year-old having only played five times this term.
Brisbane Roar defender Jade North and FC Tokyo forward Nathan Burns are two Australians to have previously played for Incheon.
Incheon just avoided relegation from the K League Classic – South Korea’s top division – last year and they will start their new campaign against Jeju United on March 5.
Chapman’s expected arrival at Incheon will increase the number of Australians playing in the K League Classic to three with ex-Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman having joined Suwon Bluewings earlier this month and Tomislav Mrcela preparing for his second season with Jeonnam Dragons.
Meanwhile, Newcastle Jets have signed winger Joel Allwright from Adelaide City for the rest of the season under the A-League’s mature age rookie rule.
Allwright, 28, is a former Adelaide United youth player but never played a senior match for the Reds, however, an impressive trial over the past week convinced Newcastle coach Mark Jones to offer him a contract.
“I am over the moon,” Allwright said in a statement.
“I have been waiting for a very long time to get a chance in the A-League so I am very, very happy that this has happened.”
Jones considers Allwright primarily as a back-up full-back but believes the South Australian could also do various jobs in the midfield.
The A-League’s mature age rookie rule allows clubs to sign an Australian player, who is aged 21 or older, and pay them outside the salary cap as long as they come from an NPL club and haven’t played professional football for the past 18 months.
Allwright is the Jets’ second recruit of the January transfer window after they also signed goalkeeper Tomislav Arcaba last week.