The former England captain and global superstar could be destined for a stint in the A-League, with reports emerging he could move to Australia on a short-term contract
|By BREN O'BRIEN
The annual speculation about David Beckham's playing future has hit fever pitch once again, with suggestions the former England star is considering a move to the A-League when his contract at LA Galaxy expires in December.
Beckham, 37, has made several trips to Australia as part of touring sides for the Galaxy and, despite approaching retirement, is still considered one of the biggest drawcards in world football.
Several media outlets are reporting Beckham could sign a short guest deal - speculated to be around 10 matches - with an A-League club in the next few weeks, but there are no further details on any prospective move.
While Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou ruled out any move by the club for the former Manchester United midfielder, Perth Glory issued a statement declaring they would consider an approach.
"We are always happy to speak to players of the calibre of David Beckham, who would be great for the Hyundai A-League as illustrated by the effect of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono," he said.
"At the end of the day it's the coach, Ian Ferguson who makes these decisions… But we would be mad not to seriously consider David Beckham."
Beckham's arrival in the A-League would further enhance the huge public interest in the competition, which has been spurred by the arrival of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey ahead of this current season.
It would be a massive coup for the Football Federation Australia and a huge boost for the credentials of new CEO David Gallop, who only started in the job this week.