Opinion: David Beckham eyes 'last challenge' and A-League could be the answer

With the English superstar's exit from LA confirmed, Dejan Kalinic believes the A-League could be the answer to his need for a new challenge.
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Perhaps the stars are continuing to align for the A-League, which has 'one last challenge' of a marquee signing to achieve before season's end.

The arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey gave the competition two star signings.

But if David Beckham, even at 37, graced our shores again, even on a guest stint, that duo would be well and truly superseded.

On Tuesday [AEDT], the Los Angeles Galaxy revealed Beckham would don their shirt one last time in the MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo on December 1.

The timing of the announcement – late afternoon in California and late morning in eastern Australia – suited both time zones.

Few could question how big an impact the arrival of Beckham would have in Australia.

But there was perhaps a hint at Beckham's next step in the release from the Galaxy.

"I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career," Beckham said.

"I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future."

The A-League is a huge 'challenge' and Beckham was linked with a move to Australia late last week.

The former Manchester United star denied the reports, saying they were "definitely not true".

Beckham did so maybe to avoid distraction ahead of the Galaxy's Western Conference Final second-leg against Seattle.

His revelation that December 1 will be the last time he plays for the Galaxy could work the other way – to inspire his side in their bid for a second straight title.

While Del Piero had previously unparalleled levels of 'rockstar' about his signing, Beckham would unquestionably have much more.

The former England captain has played in Australia several times and, from all reports, loves the country.

Beckham, who has brought unprecedented level of attentions to MLS, signed a one-year deal with the Galaxy in January, with the option of a second.

Big-spending Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain wanted Beckham, but he opted to stay in the US.

PSG officials often refer to a 'project' – the most overused word in football – but how big a contribution Beckham can make in a top European league is questionable.

His likely effect in Australia, however, is not.

While initial suggestions he was in talks to come to the A-League appeared premature, where there is smoke – there is fire.

Melbourne Heart, Perth Glory, Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers are all reportedly interested.

But a big name needs – and deserves – a big market, making Heart the perfect destination.

The room to improve at Heart is huge, particularly in crowd numbers that sit at an average of 7610 this season.

Australia holds a 'challenge', but whether it is the one Beckham desires remains to be seen.

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