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Captains in favour of A-League expansion

Adelaide United skipper Travis Dodd said, "The last couple of years it's been a good league but one of the downfalls has been the limited number of games in the season.".

"So it will be good to have a longer season and I guess that helps Australian-based players in regards to making the national team as well.

"If there are more games, there are more chances of making the national team as well."

After next seasons increase the FFA will look to increase the competition to 12 teams, with the ultimate goal of 14 clubs.

"I think it needs it," Sydney FC captain Tony Popovic said of expansion.

"Obviously the league had to land on its feet first, we all knew when it started that eight wasn't enough, but the league had to establish itself and I think it's well and truly grounded now.

"It's ready for another couple of teams and hopefully they get it right.

"Hopefully they're financially viable and all very competitive on the field, and if that's the case, it's great news for the league to get another two teams and make the season a bit longer and more aligned with the European amount of games."

Central Coast skipper Alex Wilkinson believed there were enough quality players, at home and abroad, for 10 or more teams.

Craig Moore, though, warned against weakening the competition by expanding too quickly.

"I do support expansion, but it's just one of those things that if they can only have one team and they make sure it's a strong one team, then that's great," the Queensland Roar skipper said.

"Because at the end of the day you want to have a product that's a good product.

"I think we are definitely in a position to bring one in, whether that's the Gold Coast or wherever it may be. I think over time, we'll see the league expand."

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