Former Socceroo queries A-League expansion
Former Socceroo turned commentator Clint Bolton has questioned if Australian football has enough talent to sustain two more professional teams.
The A-League will announce the identity of its next two sides on October 31, with football chief Greg O’Rourke confirming to Afternoons two weeks ago that as many as a dozen bids could be in the running to become the 11th and 12th clubs.
Bolton said the hot topic of expansion goes beyond the Team 11 bid, where he’s signed on as an ambassador.
“It’s an interesting argument and at the moment, probably not,” he said when questioned on if the league has enough talent to fill two more teams.
“The development of Australian football is not where it should be, the path in the last 10 to 15 years hasn’t produced enough quality young Australian footballers.”
But Bolton re-affirmed that a team based out of the south-eastern suburbs in Melbourne would ultimately be succesful.
“When you have a community outside of the centre of Melbourne, there’s a huge number of grassroots participants but they get lost as there currently isn’t a pathway to the elite level,” Bolton told Afternoons.
“Once you expand and develops areas that don’t have big teams, they’ll be a trickle down effect that’ll keep quality young footballers in the game.”
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