Shane Lowry calls for greater contractual stability in the A-League

Shane Lowry calls for greater contractual stability in the A-League

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Perth Glory stand-in skipper Shane Lowry believes more long-term deals must be brought to the table in the A-League.

A Daily Telegraph report some seven days ago revealed nearly two thirds of A-League footballers are due to come off contract at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Glory have the most players out of contract, including Lowry, amounting to 21 in total.

Clubs have seen a prevalence of one-year deals in the competition.

When joining Glory in 2016, Lowry himself inked a two and a half season deal.

Lowry, a father, told The Far Post Perth he was hopeful of more contractual stability. across the league.

The 28-year-old stopped short of saying he would be recommitting to Perth, his home city.

“Every club I’ve been at, I’ve said I’d be here possibly long-term, but I think in the last four years, I’ve moved four or five times,” Lowry said.

“It’s difficult to say. I’m settled in Perth … I’m enjoying my football and my form’s quite good.

“Anything can happen in football … it’s a difficult one, especially in the A-League.

“I think 65% of the players are out of contract, and that’s just crazy, that needs to be sorted out.

“It causes anxiety for players … in a salary cap in environment.

“You’ve got mortgages to pay, school fees for kids, you’re settled in a city.”

Glory youngster Jacob Italiano has been afforded an opportunity by Kenny Lowe in the first team amid the club’s injury crisis.

The 16-year-old starred against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday and was among the best on the pitch.

News Corp reported he is due to sign with an unnamed Bundesliga club, but will remain with Glory until he turns 18 in 2019.

Lowry called for supporters and the press to remain level-headed over the wonder-kid.

“I’ve said before, it’s good that young players get their opportunity, especially in the A-League,” he said.

“But on the flip side of that, I think in the media here in this country, I think younger players get hyped too early and it puts a lot of pressure on them.

“They play two games and all of a sudden, they should be in the Socceroos and all this sort of talk.

“I think they should just be left alone to concentrate on playing their games and racking up as many appearances as they can.

“Listen to all the older lads in the squad who have played hundreds of games and just keep learning, be discipline and listen to advice from other people.

“Stay humble and keep working all the time.”

Glory have the chance to consolidate a place in the top six when they face Brisbane Roar ay Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

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