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He hasn’t, he’s moved to Dundee.

Or an Iron Man’s idea of a fact. What games did he miss when he was on strike, what were the conditions attaching to the cancellation of his contract and how long did the negotiations for that take?

Or more appropriately bedroom bunny caring just enough to go to reactiogif.org and download yet another humourless image. If you and the clique really must bore the arse off everyone with images of co

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2 hours ago, ChampTon said:

He's coming home. Fuck Stephen McGinn. 

He's under contract at Bengaluru for another season. The ISL kicks off around October. Maybe they'd let him go for nothing but 1) we're probably paying half of what they are and 2) he's an AFC player, and those are basically a free slot in the ISL squad lists.

To expand on that point: they can have six foreigners, one extra AFC player, and the rest have to be Indian. Given that football is a minority sport in India, primarily in Kolkata, Goa, and a few other scattered areas, there's not a huge talent pool to draw from. Hence AFC players to fill that seventh slot are like gold dust, and they tend to be Australians as they square the circle: they are Anglophone, willing to move, their domestic league isn't nearly as protectionist, and it also doesn't pay that well. Compare and contrast to South Korea, for example, where players are decently paid but moreover the country moves heaven and earth to keep the talent at home unless it's headed for a big-time European league. The top leagues in the Middle East do the same: any halfway decent Saudi or Emirati is given an embarrassment of riches to stay at home. Then there are tons of countries with players who'd slit a throat to move away, but they tend to be crap. So... Aussies are at something of a premium.

edit: I just looked it up. Of the 11 ISL clubs last season, all but two had Australian players in the AFC slot. The remaining two are the Japanese international half-Englishman Cy Goddard, and a Tajik named Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev. The latter, formerly at Chennai, has since moved back to CSKA Pamir in his nation's capital. It remains to be seen which Australian will replace him.

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8 hours ago, TRVMP said:

He's under contract at Bengaluru for another season. The ISL kicks off around October. Maybe they'd let him go for nothing but 1) we're probably paying half of what they are and 2) he's an AFC player, and those are basically a free slot in the ISL squad lists.

To expand on that point: they can have six foreigners, one extra AFC player, and the rest have to be Indian. Given that football is a minority sport in India, primarily in Kolkata, Goa, and a few other scattered areas, there's not a huge talent pool to draw from. Hence AFC players to fill that seventh slot are like gold dust, and they tend to be Australians as they square the circle: they are Anglophone, willing to move, their domestic league isn't nearly as protectionist, and it also doesn't pay that well. Compare and contrast to South Korea, for example, where players are decently paid but moreover the country moves heaven and earth to keep the talent at home unless it's headed for a big-time European league. The top leagues in the Middle East do the same: any halfway decent Saudi or Emirati is given an embarrassment of riches to stay at home. Then there are tons of countries with players who'd slit a throat to move away, but they tend to be crap. So... Aussies are at something of a premium.

edit: I just looked it up. Of the 11 ISL clubs last season, all but two had Australian players in the AFC slot. The remaining two are the Japanese international half-Englishman Cy Goddard, and a Tajik named Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev. The latter, formerly at Chennai, has since moved back to CSKA Pamir in his nation's capital. It remains to be seen which Australian will replace him.

Never change, TRVMP. 

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29 minutes ago, Stevie Aitken's Love Child said:

Dunfermline have apparently accepted a bid of £50k for Declan McManus from TNS. 

Paying actual cash money for Declan McManus. Wild.

You'd imagine he'd score a good few goals down there. 

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