Ex-Leicester, Leeds defender Kisnorbo: Championship players eyeing Melbourne Heart

Melbourne Heart defender Patrick Kisnorbo has revealed that some of his former teammates from the English Championship are targeting potential moves to the A-League.

Melbourne Heart defender Patrick Kisnorbo has revealed that some of his former teammates from the English Championship are targeting potential moves to the A-League.

Since news emerged of last week’s takeover of the Heart by Premier League giants Manchester City, players in the UK are seeking out the possibility of travelling down under to play for a club which will be under majority ownership by the powerful outfit.

However, Kisnorbo said that players he shared the pitch with during his time with Leicester City, Leeds United and Ipswich Town are unaware that Australia’s top flight is governed by a salary cap meaning it won’t be a free-for-all.

“The trouble is, the players who have contacted me don’t realise there is a salary cap in Australia and things work differently here,” he told The World Game.

“I’ve had to explain to them it’s a different ball game from England because all they saw initially was that City has come in and taken a majority share in the club and that has sparked a lot a lot of interest from some good players who want to be a part of something like this.

“They thought that the wages would be similar to those on offer back in England. But obviously outside of marquee players it's not like that.

“With the cap in place, there is a limit to what can be done with the squad and also there’s a limit there of five foreign players, so I would imagine the new owners will look at the off- field infrastructure side of things in terms of training facilities and the like and as well as using their clout to develop the youth pathways.

“It’s exciting times but for now, as players, we have to just do the best we can to get the results which will turn our season around.”

 
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