Since the start of the Premier League era of English football, twenty years ago, the number of Australian players who have moved from their home country to make a name for themselves in this league has steadily risen. During the first decade of the Premiership’s existence, goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was one of the few really high profile Australian players in the league, but over the last ten years the likes of Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Brett Emerton have ensured that there has been a far stronger southern hemisphere influence on the league. However, despite the growing reputation of Australian football thanks to the efforts of players such as these and the Socceroos – the national team – there has still not been a comparable influx of English players to the Australian league.
When looking at the reasons for this, it is necessary to consider a few factors. Firstly there is the fact that the Premier League is one with a massive global profile and following, and is considered one of the best and most competitive in the world. This means that promising players want to prove themselves in this league, just as fans want to watch the games and gamble on the outcomes and issues with sports betting and online casino sites. By comparison, the Australian A-League is nowhere near the same level when it comes to the standard or the media profile – making the task of persuading the best English players to move there from the Premiership a challenging one.
This means that those English stars who do head to the A-League tend to be those who are nearing the end of their careers, and are thus unable to continue to command interest from Premier League clubs – and example of which would be Robbie Fowler. The problem here is that, even though the standard is lower overall, the combination of age and injuries often makes it difficult for these players to make the same impact.