I forgot to mention the most important issue in the article - all these missing players is playing havoc with my A League fantasy team!
I don't really like the idea of the A league beginning during the AFL and NRL finals. For one thing, booking grounds would still be difficult because the finals of the NRL don't have set grounds until the week before the games a re played. And there is the media aspect to consider. I really like the idea of the A League launching with the "clear air" theory; no competing codes, who would have finished their most important games.
If anything, I'd look to extend the season at the other end.
Realised that moments after hitting the "submit" key. Thanks for the pick-up.