In an interview to Linnaleht , Gert Olesk, coach of the newly promoted Pärnu Linnameeskond, revealed he is negotiating with a Pärnu-born top-player who is looking to finish his career in the home town.
The player is not Raio Piiroja, confirmed the 41-year-old coach. In fact, Raio Piiroja announced in the past weeks that he will retire from football (farewell game planned in March in an international friendly against Iceland).
Who could be the top-player returning home for the last act? Rumori gives its take.
Looking at the list of active internationals, the first available player from Pärnu with a remarkable international career (hence, a definition of 'top-player' would be justified) is present-day FC Flora defender Taavi Rähn.
Rähn collected 74 caps without scoring a goal in the national team. He’s been included in the list of the 30 call-ups for the upcoming international break.
Rähn joined his old club, Flora, in January when he left Finnish side FF Jaro.
The 33-year-old defender might have realized how hard it is to find a contract abroad when even younger players as Kruglov (30) and Mosnikov (26) have to return home for some playing time. He might really be on the verge to play his last season next year.
Additionally, Flora have added Gert Kams to next year’s squad and this might crowd the 'quotas for returning players' in a club that aims at pumping young talent into the first team.
1996-born central defender Joosep Juha is already pushing from behind to earn a place in the first team for next year.