Celtic attacking midfielder Tom Rogic, a Socceroo, will not be joining J. League club Vegalta Sendai.
James Hardy, a representative of Vegalta manager Graham Arnold, who mentored Rogic, explained why the move would not happen (as per Michael Lynch at The Age):
The financial terms offered, considering Tom's limited availability as FIFA states that all players are to be released by May 17 for the World Cup and the J league doesn't start till March 1, makes this move to Sendai not feasible.
We are all disappointed however we hope this puts an end to the speculation.
David Davutovic at The Herald Sun is reporting that A-League club Melbourne Victory will sign Rogic on loan.
One of Victory's best players this season is James Troisi, who is on loan from Atalanta and part of his playing rights is owned by Juventus, so a step down could serve Rogic well as it has for Troisi.
Rogic is a rare Australian prospect: 6'2", can dribble, has creativity, world-class technique and if he wasn't a professional footballer, he would be playing futsal in Europe.
He has represented the Australian national team in futsal and football.
Australia need him to succeed.