A lot of football fans are frustrated with the current state of the game, and the lack of progress in Australia’s development, says former Newcastle United player Nick Kyrgios.
The Melbourne-based Australian Open finalist said he was unhappy with how the game was playing out in the West.
“I know many people are upset with the fact that we are not progressing.
I know the West has had a good season and that they are coming back,” he told News.au.
Kyrgios said there was no real cause for discontent in Australia, but said there were a lot of people who felt that way because of the way the country was playing.
He said the Australian Football League (AFL) should step up and make sure its own domestic competitions are in good shape.
“[The AFL] should come to Australia and talk to the people of Australia and ask them what they want.
What they want is to be a big part of the success of the sport in Australia,” he said.
Australian soccer players are also unhappy about the lack the Australian football federation (AFF) is doing to improve the game.
AFL president Gillon McLachlan said he hoped the AFL would consider introducing a new television rights deal with Sky, which he said would allow for increased international exposure for Australian teams.
McLachlan, who also played for Australia’s national team, said a deal would be discussed with the AFL in the next few weeks.
However, he did not say if he believed the deal would go ahead.
In a recent interview with Fox Sports, former Sydney FC midfielder Alex Wilkinson said he felt the AFL should be more aggressive in its pursuit of a TV deal with Australian broadcaster Fox Sports.
Wilkinson was a key member of the Sydney FC squad which won the Socceroos FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Fox Sports has a contract with the Aussie Socceroos, but has not made a formal offer to the AFL, according to Wilkinson.
If a deal did not happen, Wilkinson said it would be a waste of time.
“The more money we spend, the less we’ll get,” he added.
With Aussie teams struggling to make the most of the international calendar, Wilkinson believes it is time for the AFL to put more emphasis on developing domestic competitions.
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