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A-League clubs to get junior marquee’s at $150k per season



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FOOTBALL Federation Australia have approved changes to the salaries allowed to be paid to their players starting from this season 2008/09.

A-League clubs will be allowed to hire a second marquee player for their squad to help reduce the youth player drain to Europe.

The rules stipulate that each A-League club will be allowed to nominate one Under-23 marquee player and that the first $150,000 played to that player will be excluded from the salary cap. In addition to this rules, the player must be an Australian citizen or in the case of the Wellington Phoenix, a New Zealand national.

These changes to the salary cap will increase the club’s maximum spend from $2.25 million per season to $2.525 million per season. This figure does not include the 1st marquee player for example Craig Moore of the Roar.

The idea behind these changes are to help retain our best younger players instead of them trying their luck in Europe. This will make the A-League clubs more competitive salary-wise.

The new rule changes are one season too late as the A-League has already lost 3 of their brightest stars. Mark Milligan, Ruben Zadkovic and Nathan Burns are all but off to try their luck in the European leagues. Perth Glory’s Nikita Rukavystya is also currently trialling with German side Hannover 06 and could also be lost before season start.

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Published on April 15, 2008




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