Roar chief welcomes A-League expansion
Queensland Roar chief executive Lawrence Oudendyk says he is excited by the possible inclusion of two new Queensland A-League teams and doesn't expect them to drain the local talent pool.
The FFA on Thursday granted provisional licences to Townsville and Gold Coast clubs as part of plans to expand the competition as early as next season.
Oudendyk said the Roar had long expected a Gold Coast team to enter the A-League and he believed local derby matches would increase game attendances.
The Roar boss also disagreed with club coach Frank Farina's doubts over the level of talent available to the new clubs.
"I think the standard of football in Australia has gone up sufficiently in the last few years to cover the extra players required for these two new teams," he said.
He said the Roar would only lose a maximum of three players to the new clubs, while he gave the strongest indication yet that Brazilian striker Reinaldo is set to leave the club.
"We have only got five players coming off contract and I think two of those are going back overseas," he said.
Asked who the players were, he said: "Reinaldo is in discussions with a club in America and Simon Lynch ... there is a possibility of him returning overseas as well."
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