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Wellington Phoenix lure Gary Hooper to the A-League

Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser.
Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United.
Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11.

Wellington Phoenix believe they may have the club's best-ever signing, coaxing former Celtic forward Gary Hooper to the A-League.

Hooper, 31, joins as a free agent, most recently with Sheffield Wednesday, after a career in English and Scottish football.

The Englishman will be hoping to recapture his form with the Glasgow giants, where he won two titles and a golden boot.

Hooper has signed a one-season marquee deal and will miss this weekend's away trip to play Sydney FC ahead of a likely debut in...

Australian W-League forms plans to dovetail with American NWSL

Change is coming to the W-League as league chiefs consider a raft of reforms aimed at bolstering Australia's women's domestic competition and the national team.

The biggest impact for fans could be the missing stars -- led by Australian skipper and striker Sam Kerr -- who is likely to test her talents for Chelsea in England's Women's Super League.

Both head office and Perth Glory have privately given up hope of keeping Kerr for the W-League's 11th season.

"It looks unlikely that she'll return to...

Western Sydney Wanderers sign Germany international Nicolai Muller

Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser.
Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United.
Australia maintain their perfect start to 2022 World Cup qualifying with a 7-1 victory at Chinese Taipei.
Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11.

A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers have signed German attacker Nicolai Muller from Eintracht Frankfurt to bolster their stocks.

Muller, 32, joins on an injury replacement contract for Polish midfielder Radoslaw Majewski, who is sidelined with a long-term knee injury. The winger has been capped by Germany, while his former clubs include German sides Mainz, Hamburg and Hannover 96.

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A-League clubs hire former Premier League boss Richard Scudamore as special advisor

Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser.
Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United.
Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11.

Former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has been appointed special advisor to the A-League clubs and head of league Greg O'Rourke.

The appointment comes as the A-League, W-League, Y-League and E-League transition to independence from the FFA.

Scudamore played a significant role in transforming the Premier League into the most-watched league in world sports, growing its revenues from £148 million in 1997-98 to the current £3.2 billion for 2019-20.

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Wellington Phoenix's treatment of Mark Rudan 'all part of the fun'

Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.
Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United.

Western United coach Mark Rudan spent an offseason in the spotlight after his A-League defection from Wellington Phoenix.

But on Sunday night he returned to Westpac Stadium, where he was booed, jeered, and even dodged a flag or two flung from the stands.

"It was quite clear what my role was going to be coming back here," Rudan said after overseeing a 1-0 win.

"And that was fine. We work in the entertainment industry.

"No issue. No problem. No dramas. It's to be expected. All good. All part of the...