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  1. I like that but basically, they should have a cap and up between two to four players outside the cap (depending on A-League finances). Then the clubs can do what they want - so if Perth want Sturridge because of name recognition then sure, if Sydney finds another Wankovic then fine. No need for approval from anyone else.
  2. Some quiet coaches have assistants that do all the yelling.
  3. I rather we develop Raphael a bit more.
  4. I would have said Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers but officialdom cracked down on the fans a few years ago so things are quite tame these days. Although I noticed that Melbourne City's Gomulka is getting a reputation from opposition fans for being physical enough but not getting yellow carded. You would certainly know that you have been tackled by Gomulka.
  5. Is the A-League being suspended for the World Cup? Otherwise with Leckie, JMac and Tilio being in the side our forward line is looking rather thin. Add Nabbout as a call up... And of course we would prefer not to have any injuries.
  6. Harry van Der Saag and Lewise Miller are there twice. The latter is leaving CCM and Macarthur...
  7. Is there a reason why you have not included them on your list? and has anyone seen them play at any level?
  8. Interestingly Berenguer, O'Neill, Gomulka and Pucciarelli all finish their contracts at the end of next season. That is four out of five players leaving the fifth player who is a scholarship. He will be busy.
  9. I am not entirely convinced - he has ability but I wonder about some of his decision making. In one year's time if he gets enough game time, he may develop and the club may opt to make him a longer offer.
  10. True. But golden boots are dependent on other teams' performance as well. My disappointment comes from the fact that he should have had more game time all season. And I would also add that Tilio's performance dropped as the season went by. And Bos was doing well until he got MOTM and has hardly played since. And so, my concern that a pattern is starting to form - establish players are given more time than the youth development.
  11. So does JMac but he is forgiven.
  12. That was because of the tone the QCs used. Actually both Cotchin and Franklin got apologies and any future cases the QCs will need to take a less aggressive tone.
  13. The Pucciarelli situation is bewildering. He is not getting played and there is no indication why. When Leckie was out of form, PK had no issues in giving him game time. And on this I agree - this is totally unacceptable, at least the fact that there is no explanation why is unacceptable. Ditto Endoh. Both. Pucciarelli and Endoh in specifics but generally the role that visa players have within a team. For me the lack of explanation is unacceptable and that is a club issue. As for the FFA, who knows whether they are getting an explanation. Maybe the way forward is to have contracts that allow clubs an exit clause if the players don't fit. How it would be written I would leave it to the legal experts.
  14. My point was that no one can guarantee that a player will be successful - no matter which club (and corresponding resources) it is. The better coaches and recruiters have fewer misses. So I can be disappointed but the threshold for unacceptable is different. So if we have for two or three seasons 4 visa players on the bench, then the recruiter needs to be replaced. In the case of Pucciarelli and Endoh, they have not been given enough game time, so it is hard to quantify them. Couple with the doubts around PK, then the problem may not be the players. And I do agree that for a team to be successful all visa players must be on the park every game. Although I do dream of the day when there are no visa players on the park and the team is successful.
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