Gold Coast’s Culina: A-League continues to get stronger
The 30-year old Australian international has extensive playing experience in Europe, so is in a good position to judge the standard of the local league, which he is convinced is only getting better.
“A lot of people underestimate the A-League and don't realise that it's at a pretty decent level," Culina told foxsports.com.au.
"(Australian soccer has) shown in the last couple of years, especially, that we can attract players from Europe to come back and play here in Australia.
"It just goes to show that the A-League is getting better, and players should stay here probably longer than what they did in the past."
Culina left Australia as a 20-year old to try his luck in Europe and returned home about a decade later. He feels the A-League is a perfect starting point by ambitious youngsters.
“I think for any young up-and-coming players, the A-League is something that has to be done first," Culina added.
"I think gaining a bit of experience before going over to Europe is vital.
"I've said it in the past and I'll always say it: it's vital that players get some experience playing here and get themselves ready for playing in Europe, because (European football is) not easy at all."