A-League has benefited from Del Piero, Heskey, Ono presence – Tobin

Former Australian international Alex Tobin believes the A-League’s three marquee signings this season have greatly benefited football in Australia.

Juventus icon Alessandro Del Piero, former Liverpool and England forward Emile Heskey and ex-Feyenoord and Japan midfielder Shinji Ono have all been class personified for their respective clubs – Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers – according to Tobin.

"They’ve all made a great impact; All of them have been very press-accommodating, sponsorship-accommodating too – their faces and names have been always been talked about,” Tobin told Fox Sports’ Kick Off on Friday night.

"They’ve also put in for their team; they acknowledge their teammates, celebrate goals like the others do.

"All the fans of the game see that and that’s why they’ve made such a great contribution.

"I’ve got a 16-year-old son who goes out to each (Sydney) game, wears the Del Piero shirt. He’s obviously a great drawcard but beyond that too, the A-League and football in Australia has benefited from what he’s done.”

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