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Tim Cahill could be on his way to the A-League after a rule change, while Melbourne City will be allowed to wear blue

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed alterations to the A-League’s guest player rule, which is expected to allow Melbourne City to sign Tim Cahill.

A-League clubs will be allowed to sign “high profile players” for an entire season under the new guest player rule, which will be valid for the upcoming campaign.

Guest players are paid outside the salary cap, effectively opening up a third marquee spot for clubs.

The major difference between guest and marquee players is that the former must “satisfy strict FFA criteria” regarding the player’s marketability for the A-League as a whole.

FFA will provide financial assistance to A-League clubs that wish to fill the guest player slot.

It is expected that this move, which was made following consultation with the clubs, Fox Sports and other “major stakeholders”, will pave the way for Cahill to play in the A-League.

The Socceroos forward’s contract with Hangzhou Greentown is set to expire on July 20 and he has been widely linked with a move to City.

Meanwhile, FFA has also given City approval to play in blue from the 2017-18 season.

Having shown they are “serious about their long term commitment”, City Football Group (CFG) – who also own Manchester City and New York City FC – will be allowed to bring Melbourne City’s kit in line with their overall brand.

Sydney FC had previously protested against City playing in the light blue traditionally worn by Manchester City due to its similarities to the Harbour City-based club.

© 2016 Goal | This article was written by Michael Huguenin and first appeared on Goal website on 27 June 2016.

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