The PFA today released a special edition of The Marston, the PFA’s official magazine for Australia’s professional footballers. Named in honour of the great Joe Marston who pioneered the international career path for Australian professional footballers, The Marston now doubles as the PFA’s 2008 members’ handbook and contains 64 pages of information on the rights, responsibilities and achievements of Australia’s professional footballers.

Highlights from The Marston include:

  • details of the PFA’s new 5 year A-League Collective Bargaining Agreement with FFA;
  • research into the Australian playing career path;
  • the results of player surveys;
  • details of player injuries at A-League clubs for the competition’s first three seasons;
  • the PFA’s record in representing players at Socceroos, A-League, international and academy levels;
  • the vast array of services available to players to help them with their careers as professional footballers and to prepare for life after football, including the PFA Education and Hardship Funds; and
  • as 2008 sees the PFA celebrate 15 years as the Players’ Champion, a look back on the union’s achievements since its inception in 1993.

The Marston will be delivered to all players and members of the PFA family over the course of the next 2 weeks.

From July 2008, The Marston will be a monthly online publication which will be supported by the major members’ handbook to be published mid year on an annual basis.

To download the special edition of The Marston, which is in 3 parts, please click here and go to Volume 13.