The Sydney Morning Herald claims A-League clubs could receive a marked increase in their handouts from Football Federation Australia if a projected windfall for the sport's governing body comes to fruition. With a new television deal in negotiation and having completed a financial remodel, the FFA are predicting they could have more for their member clubs if gate and sponsorship income from World Cup qualifying matches hits the mark. ''Increasing the annual distribution to the level of the salary cap is the priority and we can see good progress towards that target in 2012-13,'' an FFA spokesman told Sydney newspaper. ''As we've said before, building a financially sustainable A-League is the core strategic objective.''
The Newcastle Jets have declined to sign on-trial former Scotland international Mark Burchill. The 32-year-old had joined the A-League for training on July 18, taking part in an intra-club trial match during his time at the Jets. But the club has decided not to offer the former Portsmouth and Celtic striker a chance to extend his stay. "We would like to thank Mark for showing his interest in the club and coming out to Newcastle for a trial with the Jets," Jets chief executive officer Robbie Middleby told the club's website. "We wish him all the best for his future as he pursues opportunities elsewhere. We're keeping our options open as we look for another attacking player who is going to be a good fit for the club both on and off the field."
Ian Ferguson was content with Perth Glory's first pre-season hit-out, despite his side losing 1-0 to South African Premier Soccer League outfit AmaZulu on Tuesday. In the first of three friendlies against PSL sides while on tour in South Africa, Glory slipped to defeat courtesy of Bongane Mbhele's goal in the 37th minute. "It was our first competitive game and considering they are only two weeks out from the start of their season and we are still ten weeks away from the start of ours, I thought it was a pretty reasonable display and I was pleased with the fitness levels of our boys," Glory coach Ferguson said via club statement. "We'll get stronger and you have to bear in mind that we were also without the likes of Steven McGarry, Billy Mehmet and Shane Smeltz."
There were similar sentiments from Brisbane colleague Rado Vidosic, who watched as his side outpointed Brisbane Olympic 5-0 in their friendly at Goodwin Park on Tuesday. Besart Berisha - the A-League's golden boot winner in the 2011-12 season - netted a hat-trick, while George Lambadaridis and an own-goal rounded out the scoring. "I'm very happy," Vidosic said. "We used it as a conditioning session more than anything but it was great to be out in Brisbane promoting our brand of football and introducing our new players. It's important for us to engage the local football community with these games and tonight was a perfect example of what a success it can be when you work closely with the local clubs."
Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey has been fined over AU$25,000 after he was found to have illegally transferred clubs in India's I-League. The one-time Sydney FC forward's goals have elevated him into the I-League's elite, but he has worn the wrath of the Indian Football Association after being found guilty of walking out of East Bengal to join Mohun Bagan. Ozbey was fined AU$8,500, and was also ordered to pay a month's wages - around AU$18,000 - to his former club.