Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop says A-League clubs may still find it difficult to sign high-profile international stars even with the new guest-player slot.
FFA recently introduced a full-season guest player role tailor-made to help Melbourne City sign Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill.
However Gallop warned clubs will still be hard-pressed to lure big, marketable names to Australia as they struggle to balance star power with a desire to win games – all in a salary-cap system.
“It’s always tough,” Gallop said on Monday after announcing Hyundai’s four-year A-League sponsorship extension.
It is all well and good for the Socceroos, the Olyroos, the Joeys and the A-League teams to do the right thing and play the game the modern and most effective way – which is on the ground.
That’s great but it needs to be pointed out that there is a risk of our football becoming too one-dimensional in the not-too-distant future.
On a weekend when the Joeys won a sensational AFF U-16 final, another Aussie teenager stole the headlines with an astonishing display.
Sebastian Pasquali. Get used to reading that name.
There’d been a bit of talk about the 16-year-old in the lead up to Melbourne Victory’s ICC clash with Serie A powerhouse Juventus at the MCG.
Inside the next ten years Asian investment will drive world football.
That was the statement made recently by Tony Rallis who successfully made Trent Sainsbury Australia’s second-highest paid footballer by securing the defender a transfer to China’s high-profile Super League.