Salary help too late for the Roar
BRISBANE Roar’s ownership crisis clouds their chances of cashing in on the A-League’s new salary cap regulations.
Football Federation Australia yesterday announced changes to the salary cap and roster structure to give clubs “more flexibility in assembling and retaining squads, rewarding youth development and long-term player loyalty while significantly increasing the capability of clubs to invest more money in its roster”.
Among the changes is a loyalty player allowance, which gives clubs salary cap relief of up to $200,000 for squad members who have been at the same club for between five to 10 successive years.
The Roar have six players who fit that criteria – marquee man Thomas Broich, veteran left back Shane Stefanutto, experienced goalkeeper Michael Theo, Brazilian livewire Henrique, key midfielder Luke Brattan and right back Jack Hingert.
Skipper and the club’s Australian marquee player Matt McKay doesn’t qualify despite preparing for his ninth campaign for the Roar as his current stint with Brisbane is only two seasons old.
However, the loyalty player allowance could potentially be used to help bring Broich back within the confines of the cap, which would then open the door for the Roar to sign a new marquee player paid outside the cap.
But that’s in an ideal situation, which the financially embattled Roar are not in.
With debt-ridden owners, the Bakrie Group, battling to sell the club, there is every chance the Roar could next week be back in FFA hands, and almost certainly will be if player and staff wages have not been paid by Monday.
Under FFA ownership, the Roar’s hopes of signing another marquee player, while not impossible, would be considered on a case-by-case basis and have to meet a business plan.
Roar football operations manager Craig Moore said thee club was not in a position to bee thinking about taking advanntage of any of the new rules. These include: A mature age rookie being g paid outside the salary cap.p The player must be over 21, not played in a fully professional competition for the previous 18 months and last played football in Australia.
The raising of the existing homegrown player allowance from $150,000 to $200,000. Each club can include three players who started their careers with the club.
Each club’s two permitted marquee players can now both be foreigners.
Brisbane currently have 21 players on A-League contracts, with emerging star Brandon Borrello yet to be elevated to a full-time A-League deal.