Could the Harry Kewell saga be coming to an end?
It's Victory at last on Kewell - Richard Hinds
August 20, 2011
THE saga over Harry Kewell's future should be settled today, with the Socceroos star set to announce he has signed a three-year deal with Melbourne Victory.
Kewell will sign with the former A-League champion under terms agreed with the club some time ago.
As well as his base salary, he will receive a percentage of any increases in revenue his performances for the club create through attendances and marketing.
However, Kewell will not receive any money from Football Federation Australia, which had offered a total of up to $500,000 over three years to compensate the Socceroo veteran for use of his image rights.
Kewell's management initially offered a proposal where Kewell would receive a share of increased revenue at ''away'' games, but negotiations stalled after FFA baulked at the deal.
FFA officials, fearful that Kewell might try to sign sponsorship and marketing deals with companies that are rivals to its existing sponsors, have been adamant that Kewell could not sign for Victory unless he signed the standard player contract, which would preclude such deals. Sources close to Kewell indicated last night that he would sign the requisite agreement.
FFA chief Ben Buckley yesterday said the rules would apply equally to any other high-profile Socceroo who wanted to finish his career in the A-League.
''There's no point in having a collective bargaining agreement, which sets out minimum standards, and then to negotiate around them on an individual basis, no matter who the player is. We would have the same approach for every player. It would be great to have Harry in the A-League and he would certainly help with the promotion and marketing, but the rules exist for everyone,'' Buckley said.
While Kewell has been eager to finalise the Victory deal, the disagreement with FFA has turned what should have been an instant good-news story for the still struggling A-League into a tense and protracted process.
Kewell's management has maintained that he could sign lucrative playing contracts in the Middle East or Europe worth well beyond what he will be paid in the A-League.
For its part, FFA, which faces enormous financial hurdles, insisted that it was unwilling to write Kewell an open cheque and set a precedent for other star players hoping to return to Australia.
Inevitably, Kewell has arranged his own commercial sponsorships outside the A-League to enhance his salary. Whether this will create conflict with the sponsors the A-League has been eager to protect remains to be seen.
With MICHAEL LYNCH
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With the first 3 MV games being :
Home to Sydney at Etihad
Away to Adelaide at Hindmarsh
derby with Heart at Etihad
If he can get on the pitch the A-League could be in for an absolute winner in the first 3 rounds attendance wise.
This has the potential to more than vindicate the FFAs decision to push back the start of the HAL season into the clearer(media) air of October(Spring racing carnival not withstanding) Anyone who knows football of any code should understand the value of momentum.
Getting the season off to a bang could set the tone for the rest of the season(fingers crossed) and now that he's a tard and Musc*nt no longer plays, guess who will get the bulk of the vitriol from opposing fans? game day atmosphere +1:) Glad I've already got my Season Tickets for United. Hindmarsh will be rocking on Friday October 14th
Bring it on!