And thank you to Archie Thompson (the A-League's best striker over 3 years - carried Melbourne this season), Jade North (one of the league's best defenders - had to be given the Captaincy over Joel Griffiths to stay with Newcastle and not return to his old mentor Frank Farina) and Tahj Minniecon (the fastest and perhaps most skilled young find this year).
Can't wait to see the other indigenous players waiting to be found. Surely Townsville and the Northern Thunder will surprise us with a few. We need to get smart like the AFL and promote our game in Darwin. Even rugby league has tapped the rich talents from up north. And now we need your ability to run all day in the heat (for Asia and beyond).
Sorry for how we treated you and your families. Sorry for ignoring your prodigious potential and football talent.
And thank you.