Wanderers striker Simon Cox will welcome the distraction of Saturday’s derby against Sydney FC as he battles to decide whether to return to England for the birth of his child next month.
Cox’s wife is due to give birth on February 11, with the 33-year-old marksman still unsure whether he will fly back to his Essex base or continue playing in the A-League.
The added layers of COVID-19-enforced travel restrictions, border closures and quarantine stints have also contributed to Cox’s problems.
“You can’t take too many risks with COVID so you have to follow the guidelines which is absolutely correct, but ultimately whatever choice I make, if it is to go home, or if it is to stay, or if it is to fly my `missus’ out here after the birth, one way or another, quarantine is a given,” the former Ireland international said.
“Unless thing drastically change in the next week or so, we’ll just have to wait and see, but it’s a forever changing dilemma – that’s the problem.”
Cox said no matter what decision he made, it would leave someone upset.
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“It’s a tough decision. It’s one that somebody somewhere is going to be unhappy, whether that’s me or whether that’s my ‘missus’ or whether that’s the football club.
“One of us is gong to be unhappy, and it’s not a nice position to be in.
“Whatever decision I make, it won’t be without careful thought. You just have to make as best of a bad decision as you can.
“We haven’t made a concrete decision yet, so once we do we’ll let everybody know.”
In the meantime, the former West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest and Southend United attacker is focused on helping the Wanderers to a win over the reigning champions in Saturday’s derby at Stadium Australia.
“Bearing in mind how well the Wanderers did winning the Asian Champions League a few years back (2014), and we haven’t really kicked on from there, and then all of a sudden Sydney FC have gone on and potentially gone past Wanderers, it makes it a bitter pill for everybody at this football club and our fans,” Cox said.
“When you see a club surpassing your success … and we haven’t been as successful since the Asian Champions League, we need to get back to doing what the club has been used to, which is putting in good performances first and foremost, but winning games of football and being successful.
“I’ve just got to keep my head down, work hard and do as best for the team as possible.”
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