Improved on-field product overshadowed by past FFA mistakes says Jamieson

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The A-League has significantly transformed over the last decade and Scott Jamieson believes most of it has been for the better.

After making his A-League debut in 2008, the Melbourne City captain spent all but one season in the Australian top-flight. As such, this made him a very invested advocate of the competition on social media.

Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, Jamieson is certain the standard of play has improved since his career began.

“I think the standard’s improved,” he said.

“In terms of on-field product the football is always getting better lately.”

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This improvement should not surprise anyone, as the 32-year-old believes it is part of organic development.

“I think it’s natural evolution,” Jamieson said.

“The players want to get better, so I definitely feel that the standard will always get better.”

Despite the on-field product improving, he said a lot of it was being ignored due to external issues the league faces such as low crowd numbers.

Jamieson said the crowd issue was largely a result of inadequate marketing for the league.

“It was down to the FFA and the A-League not focusing on what they should have been focusing in regard to the A-League,” he said.

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“First and foremost, you need to ensure the A-League is strong. The onus now is on the A-League, so that’s a positive.

“At the end of the day if they do not put money into the A-League and make the right decisions, then they’re the ones accountable.”

Once this goal is met, promotion and relegation should then be considered he said.

“Later down the line [introduce] promotion and relegation, but if you’re going to do promotion and relegation when the A-League is not strong, then it is all just going to crumble,” he said.

For his side’s immediate future, the focus remains strictly on the season as Jamieson and City prepare to host the Newscastle Jets on Thursday night.

Feature image credit: Melbourne City

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