Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has implored A-League coaches to follow his lead and put more faith in Australia's youth, or risk leaving genuine talent to rot.
New A-League leaders Adelaide United have positioned themselves as favourites for the Premiers' Plate, but Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat isn't willing to put his money on any team winning such an unpredictable race.
UPDATED: A prominent South Australian judge has been seconded to help solve the impasse between Football Federation Australia and disenchanted A-League fans - a move Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin believes could be a catalyst for broader reform in Australian soccer.
Football Federation Australia have fined Western Sydney $50,000 and imposed a suspended three-point A-League deduction as punishment for the misbehaviour of fans who lit flares during last weekend's match against Melbourne Victory.
They're in desperate need of a lift, but Central Coast coach Tony Walmsley has conceded the A-League club's poor financial situation has stopped them actively joining the January transfer window recruitment drive.
The Tim Cahill show has travelled to Bangladesh, with the Socceroos talisman netting a first-half hat-trick in Australia's 4-0 World Cup qualifier win in Dhaka.