You would be hard pressed to find a football fan who has not heard of David Beckham. Footballing talent aside, Beckham is a brand name, a public-relations statement. If suggestions are correct, the former English international could be heading to Australia for a 10-match guest stint.
According to Football Federation Australia (h/t ABC News), the A-League governing body was contacted by Beckham's agent regarding the possibility of a stint with an A-League club. An FFA spokesman said:
The approach from David Beckham’s people is another sign of how much the A-League has grown in stature on a global basis
But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage.
The interest only caps off what has been a stellar year for football Down Under. The league recently welcomed the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono; it is believed the capture of Beckham would truly cement the stature of the game in Australia.
Whilst suggestions are that Beckham will only play 10 matches in Australia, it is believed that if his family approve of an Australian lifestyle, this period could be extended. As things stand, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Heart are leading the race to land the former Manchester United midfielder.
Beckham euphoria has already swept through the league, but in a contradictory statement, Beckham's own camp (the very same people it is believed instigated the rumours) have denied a move is in motion.
Comments made by his representatives (via ABC News) reject all reports, saying, "There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia. David is completely focused on the MLS play-offs and winning another championship with the Galaxy."
If a move does eventuate, though, Beckham could be plying his trade in Australia as early as next month.
Interesting times ahead for football in Australia.