x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Cosmin Olaroiu's former ward pondering over move to Arabian Gulf League

Australian Griffiths reportedly has offers from three clubs and is weighing the prospects.

Ryan Griffiths, the Australian currently playing in China's second tier, says he is considering contract offers from three Arabian Gulf League clubs.

The left-sided attacker, who can play as a winger or as a striker, has since February represented Beijing Baxy, having previously featured for Australia's Newcastle United Jets, the A-League side.

He also spent five years from 2004 in Romanian football, where at National Bucharest he played under Cosmin Olaroiu, the manager who in the past two seasons guided Al Ain the UAE title.

Griffiths, 31, has proved a popular figure in China since in 2009 helping Beijing Guoan to their first Chinese Super League championship. He was the club's top goalscorer that season.

Although he says he is enjoying his time at Baxy - they have climbed to fourth in this season's league table - Griffiths is keen on a transfer to the Emirates as he feels it would provide a more suitable setting for his young family.

The player could not disclose which three clubs are interested in his signature, yet Dubai club and Al Shaab appear two possible destinations.

"I've spoken with a lot of the Australian players already in the league, and some of the coaches there, and I feel I could adapt to the football really well," Griffiths said.

"It'd be nice to have a change, but also I want a fresh challenge. I believe I can bring a lot to the league there.

"My game is based on pace and goals, and I don't think there's too many players playing on the left side who can score more than 10 goals consistently each season. I hope to make the move."

Al Nasr had originally considered making an official approach for Griffiths, yet the club's technical committee decided to pursue his compatriot, Brett Holman, instead.

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