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Culina not relying on marquee man for Newcastle Jets

Branko Culina is not getting caught up in the need to purchase a marquee player for the Newcastle Jets.

The Jets head coach admits the club does want a couple of quality players from overseas but insists that an expensive marquee man is not necessarily the answer.

"It depends what you regard as a proper marquee player," Culina told the Newcastle Herald yesterday.

"Marquee players are supposedly there to provide you with off-the-park profile and on-the-park performance.

"I don't know too many players who have been able to provide both in the five years of the A-League.

"If there has been one or two, then that's about it.

"Some do the job on the park but probably haven't got quite the profile.

"Others have the profile but unfortunately are well and truly past their best and can't do the job.

"If you were to get a player who could do both, you'd be looking at well in excess of a million bucks."

And Culina said that sort of money was just not part and parcel of the game in Australia as it is in other areas.

"Don't forget that even a million bucks is not a lot to players who have got a big name and are still performing on the park," Culina added.

"Especially in Australia, where everything is declared and taxes are paid accordingly and so forth."

Andrew Slevison
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