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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Probably best not to call me naïve, especially when it wasn’t really about developing local players and/or our proximity to Europe. But hey! Whatever floats your boat.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

What can I say? Whacky and zany idea. 😂 😂

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Small payment to parent club. Each club 2 associated players at max. 12 clubs $100,000 budget per season. $50,000 for each visit. Total spend $1.2 million. Small portion of the $140 million from Silver Lake. Worth investing in my view.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Hard to know which one was the worst. A tough race.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Hopefully we see some change. Kevin Rudd is winding up as we speak.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

I hope you have had a chance to read ‘Be my guest’ by Jason Goldsmith and Lucas Gillard. It looks deeply into the guest player role over the years in Australia and is well worth the time. I agree that seeing the players is paramount. Worth investing in in my view.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

The opening point is valid, yet I can’t help but think a small portion of the $140 million could be used to ease the clubs’ concerns. Tough for Hrustic and Ryan I know. But for many of the others, game time is often inconsistent. A quick trip here during a window or when recovering from injury might be exactly what they need and a benefit to the club. I know, I’m mad, but we need ideas. Thanks for your always balanced and fair commentary. It is in stark contrast to some of the nastiness I took yesterday! Cheers.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

I’m pretty sure it is my 5G, gets very sketchy with high wind or cloud and the tower is fairly close-by. By who would know? All a bit hit and miss sometimes.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

That is the issue FT NSD, but with players needing a hit-out whilst coming back from injury or spending many minutes on the pine (as many of our boys do), would some clubs not actually be able to use it to their advantage.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

It is a very sad, moving and detailed story. Has been written about extensively as well.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Exactly, we need ideas, no matter how mad they may seem. I honestly think this could work, with only players like Hrustic in bigger leagues potentially creating issues in terms of permission to return to Australia. Most should have no problem.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Yes. And I would suggest each game with a Socceroo back for a visit would drag a few extra in. Small outlay to parent club, timed right….it could actually work IMO.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Fair point. Very different to the year on year wholesale changes in Western Sydney.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

That’s a decent snapshot and Rudan does appear to come with some baggage, serious attitude and expectation. Did well with Wellington and I feel he might be the man a club needs when a backs against the wall situation presents itself. Something tells me he and Bozanic might work a treat.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

Well said FIL and may I also express my sincere relief that you are back to better health. I read with interest your beautiful post the other day and was moved. COVID 0 FIL 1. Well done mate.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

I’m leaning that way as well. Bozanic a KEY signing. If he nabs two or three others with similar work ethic. WSW might well be on the way back.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

Could you point out exactly where I called Will Swanton stupid. I’ll wait.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

When one is confronted by false accusations, yes, one does. Just my sense of honour and integrity. I will never, ever have it questioned without responding in a fair, balanced and informed manner.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

Number one, Ben’s comment is fact and not opinion. I tend to agree with facts. Two, Will Swanton is a Walkley nominated and award winning journalist (check his bio that I included elsewhere in this thread) and three, there is utterly no connection between his appalling piece written just seven days ago and the AFL. You’ve simply fabricated that and there was no mention or allusion to it in the article. I simply agreed with a statement I believed and know to be true. The fact I watch each and every AFL match and have blogged and written about the game on the Roar for the last seven years makes your accusation laughable. Sorry mate, but I cannot stand being labelled something I am not.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

I feel very sorry for them……….. 😔

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

Interesting. Grammatically, I think it should be a ‘goal kicky thing’, but I like their take.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

I’m a scorpio mate.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

He’s annoying like that….. far too smart, passionate and logical!

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

Wow mate, I was quite emotional reading that. I’m so pleased you are on the mend. I 100% endorse your views. The 23’s are the first group to have come through the curriculum as a collective, the Socceroos are mostly an A-League group who are now being snapped up abroad left right and centre. One can only imagine what would be possible if government funding across the states and federally matched that of other sports. We are slowly getting there. Proud as punch today. I’m at stuartthomas88gmail.com if you ever want to contact me. Great to have you back.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

He is a well decorated journo. Sadly.

'Who are these blokes?' Hopefully, Will Swanton now knows a few World Cup-bound Socceroos

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