The 2017/18 A-League season was a difficult one on and off the pitch with VAR controversies compounded by worrying crowd attendances.
The Newcastle Jets were arguably the one saving grace, as they went from wooden spooners to grand finalists.
Former player Ljubo Milicevic has weighed in on the troubles facing the A-League, stressing expansion and league independence are crucial to the competition moving forward.
"The A-League should have already expanded," Milicevic told Goal.
"It's stagnant, it's become a bit boring.
"They should be listening to the PFA (Professional Footballer's Association) a lot more - these guys have a genuine interest in the game. They are not just there to take a few million dollars once the AFL and NRL don't want them anymore.
"Hopefully expansion happens sooner and hopefully the league, like other leagues around the world...the clubs take control of the league and it will be separate from the actual federation. Because they are not getting it right at the moment."
Milicevic is no stranger to the A-League, having spent stints with Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory but really finding his home with Newcastle Jets.
After playing Champions League football with FC Thun in Switzerland, Milicevic spent two seasons with the Jets across 2009-11.
"The Jets were great, had a great time there," he said.
"We played in the Asian Champions League, qualified for the next round with a team that was sort of put together haphazardly.
"The fans were great, when you play in a smaller town... you are much more of a team, much more of a family."
Check out part three of Ljubo's chat with Goal below and stay tuned for more insights throughout the World Cup.