Dwight Yorke is of the belief that the A-League has not gained as much traction as it should have since its inception.
The Trinidad & Tobago striker spent the very first season of Australia’s domestic competition in 2005/06 with Sydney FC, captaining the Sky Blues to the inaugural title, and feels that the initial season was a success.
Since then, however, ex-Manchester United star Yorke feels that things down under have not progressed as well as the A-League hierarchy had hoped for despite admitting he had not taken as much interest in recent years.
“I’ve lost track of it if I’m totally honest. I went there for 2005/06 season and the first two years after I kept track with it and I would speak to a lot of people back there to find out how the league was going,” he told tribalfootball.com.
“I’ve revisited a couple of times but now I’ve lost touch, it’s just the way it is.
“I’ve still got friends there and I’ve been told that the A-League is not the same but it’s a good thing that people like Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton have gone back to give the league a bit of a boost.
“Really, in theory, it’s not taken off to the level that we wanted it to when it started. The first year was great and they had a really strong opportunity to extend it but I think they missed the boat when the Australian team dropped away after the 2006 World Cup.
“It’s all about timing but I know how people in that area are really passionate about football. They have tried to make progress but it’s probably not quite where they want it to be.”