The players currently trialling, according to the Solomon Star, are captain Micah Lea’alafa, Ian Kalu, Don Keana, Atkin Kaua, Javin Wae, William Komasi, Carlos Liomasia, Junior David and Prince Tahunipue.
The nine players are basing themselves in Queensland for the time being with trials said to be being arranged with several clubs across the country.
A tenth player, Ali Mekawir, headed to Adelaide for his trial. He has now signed a deal with Adelaide City, defending champions in the National Premier League South Australia.
It is also reported that three other players, including their top-scorer in Qatar, Raphael Lea’i, were invited to stay in Australia to undergo trials as well. Unfortunately, Lea’i and two others, imposing centre-back Leon Kofana and winger Alvin Hou, had to head back home to recover from minor injuries.
It should come as no surprise that Lea’i’s performances caught the eye of potential professional suitors. The forward joint-led the scoring charts in Qatar until New Zealand’s Premier League striker Chris Wood went clear in the final.
After that game, Solomon Islands boss Vega-Arango touched on the topic of Lea’i potentially having trials elsewhere, even suggesting he would speak to clubs in his native Spain about the talented teenager.
“If I was him, I would not go for a trial if I am honest with you,” Vega-Arango told the press.
“You must offer him something. He has proved what he can do.”