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FFA thanks Archie Fraser following resignation

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that Archie Fraser has resigned as the Head of the Hyundai A-League.

The FFA proposes to continue to draw on Fraser's knowledge and experience, based out of his home state of Queensland, with a particular focus on the Hyundai A-League clubs in Queensland and ensuring momentum is maintained with North Queensland Fury.

Fraser, who has worked for FFA for more than a year, has been commuting between Sydney and his family home on the Gold Coast and has undertaken extensive travel with his position.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said the proposed new arrangement will enable him to move back to Queensland with the capability to continue important strategic and operational work for FFA in the key Queensland market.

"I want to thank Archie for his outstanding contribution in the role of Head of Hyundai A-League since joining us last February," Buckley said.

"It has been both a very challenging and very successful year for the A-League with the expansion to a ten team competition, and whilst presenting some challenges, it underpinned a growth of over 300,000 in additional spectators.

"Archie has brought to his role a high level of commercial acumen as well as a deep understanding of football and club operations."

Buckley said the FFA would now begin the search for a new Head of A-League.

In response to media reports today, Buckley said the Gold Coast United licence had not been terminated.

"We have been talking to the club for some time about options around restructuring to further its development as a viable long term operation," Buckley said.

"Discussions are continuing and include looking at how we can work together to attract further sponsorship and investment and better ways to engage local community support for the club.

"In the mean time the club has confirmed that it is business as usual."

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