Football transfer fees present another divisive moment for Australian game | Emma Kemp

The introduction of a domestic transfer system could make Australia relevant in the global market, but opponents to the idea say young talent could be priced out of the cash-strapped professional game

It has been 12 years since Mat Ryan was given his first chance at senior professional football when, as an 18-year-old, he left Blacktown City and signed with the Central Coast Mariners. It was an opportunity which opened the door to Club Brugge, Valencia, Brighton and Real Sociedad. It was also an opportunity he believes might not have occurred under current rules.

“When you are taking your first step into professional football, clubs have to take a chance on you,” Ryan says. “If there was a big fee on my head the Mariners might have looked elsewhere and thought the risk was too high.”

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