Quotes attributable to Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) Chief Executive, John Didulica:

“The PFA welcomes the FFA Board’s decision to expand the A-League and we congratulate the successful communities and ownership groups who now inherit the responsibility of managing a football club in the A-League and beyond.

“The task ahead to ensure a competitive club is significant. It remains incumbent on the entire football community to provide the support that will be needed to help the new teams and the expanded competitions to succeed.

“With the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the A-League and W-League concluding at the end of this season, it is critical that the game’s professional stakeholders now switch their sharp focus to the CBA to ensure we build a competition model that not only drives value across these competitions but provides the fundamental business and professional certainty for the players and the clubs.”