FOOTBALL: The A-League could be set for an influx of star players after Football Federation Australia approved the introduction of full-season guest players for next season.
The proposal was approved by the FFA board after discussions between the FFA, club chairmen, broadcasters and major stakeholders.
The guest player spot will be available for all of the A-League’s 10 clubs over and above the current two marquee spots on the player roster and is part of FFA’s earlier decision to set aside significant financial investment to assist with bringing big-name marquee players to the competition.
FFA boss David Gallop said the decision was good for the competition.
“The full-season guest player opens the door for clubs to attract high-profile players that not only bring talent and exposure to their market but the entire competition,” he said.
“This is a sign that we are serious about making the A-League an exciting competition for our fans and an attractive proposition for high-profile players to play their club football.
“As the A-League has grown, the standard of play has dramatically improved and we believe the creation of this extra position will allow for continued growth in performance but also marketability and visibility.
“We have taken input from all stakeholders across the A-League landscape and we were unanimous in our belief that this will help grow the competition.”
A-League clubs will receive financial assistance as part of a marketing agreement if they attract players who satisfy strict FFA criteria built around broad appeal of the entire competition.
The full-season guest player must fit within the maximum player roster of 23.
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