TALENTED brothers Fred and Henri Gardner are facing a race against time to secure their immediate playing futures after parting ways effective immediately with Wagga City Wanderers.
The Wanderers and the Gardners declined to comment this week, but it is understood a breakdown between the parties forced them to sever ties.
Under transfer rules they have until this Sunday, June 30 to find a new home, most likely in the local Pascoe Cup competition.
It is a bold move by the Wanderers, who have lost their last three games and are in desperate need of a win to keep their finals hopes alive in their maiden season in the National Premier League Canberra Two competition.
The attacking dynamos were part of Lake Albert's unbeaten run to the premiership last year.
But it is understood the Sharks have no interest in luring them back, given they are sitting pretty in second on the table and have won four and drawn with unbeaten Hanwood across their past five matches.
Fellow heavyweights Henwood Park also have no interest getting them into the fold, but Hanwood stopped short of doing likewise when contacted this week.
The acquisition of two top quality x-factor players mid-season may prove too tempting to ignore for some mid-table teams scrambling to secure a spot in the finals.
Wagga United looms as one of the best fits for the brothers, given they won a premiership with the Crows in 2013.
Their ability to turn a match on its head would compliment their strike force of Nazar Yousif, Tyler Allen and Chris Walker.
Wagga United also suffered more injuries in last week's win at struggling Cootamundra, with Cam Ferrie (hamstring) and Lincoln Weir (dislocated shoulder) joining Alec Hope (ankle) on the sideline.
Leeton United, currently fifth on the table, is also believed to have expressed initial interest.