Brett Holman to continue AGL adventure with Emirates Club

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Staying in UAE: Holman.

Brett Holman has rejected lucrative offers from China and a return to Australia to continue his Arabian Gulf League adventure at Emirates Club.

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Holman, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Falcons yesterday after Al Nasr declined to renew their captain’s expiring contract despite leading them to a President’s Cup and Arabian Gulf Cup double in 2014/15.

The 63-times-capped former Socceroos stalwart was in high demand, but his young family’s contentment with life in the UAE meant he wasted no time in accepting an ambitious approach from the Ras Al Khaimah-outfit who finished 10th in last term’s top flight.

Meanwhile, AGL new boys Dibba Al Fujairah and Al Shaab’s pre-season plans have accelerated after the arrival of both club’s new coaches neared.

UAE Division 1 Group A champions Dibba announced on their Twitter feed yesterday Brazilian Sergio Alexandre had been selected to lead their top-flight return after a two-year absence. He replaces Egyptian Tariq Elsayed, who drops down to the assistant role.

Meanwhile, runners-up Shaab are set to welcome Tarek El Ashry after he resigned from ENPPI. The 44-year-old announced his exit in the aftermath of Friday’s shock 4-2 Egyptian Premier League loss to Haras El Hodood, leaving The Petroleum Team second despite a recent six-match winless run.

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