A small piece from me on Harry Kewell's arrival at Melbourne Heart for When Saturday Comes. The Australian A League - and soccer in general in the country - is in an absolutely fascinating place right now. To me, it feel a little like MLS did about 4-5 years ago - a market still finding its way, still establishing its identity but with no doubt that there are enough fanatics of the game to make it viable.
What's slightly different is the status of the national team. Australia's previous golden generation of Kewell, Cahill, Neill, et al are coming towards the end of the career - or have already retired - while the a crop of promising youngsters such as Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric and Mitchell Duke still have some way to go, despite the obvious talent. And all this means there are a lot of places up for grabs for the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad.
I've been following the A League since its inception and got properly hooked after a trip down under earlier this year. It's a decent league with a lot of great stories and one I've been following even closer in the past 12 months (awkward kick-off times notwithstanding).
Melbourne Heart are a club that have fascinated me for a long time. There's undoubtedly room for a second soccer club in Melbourne, but whether Heart are it is another question entirely.
Melbourne Victory's five year exclusivity deal for A League soccer in the city has part of the market sewn up, but the right club could really create a rivalry and movement if done correctly (case in point: Western Sydney Wanderers).
But it's hard to know what Heart really stand for, or who their core supporter base is, beyond disgruntled ex-Victory fans. Which is why the Harry Kewell signing is a gamble for both club and player - who is clearly still eyeing a World Cup squad spot.
Anyway, that's really a bit of pre-amble as to how and why this current piece came about. Have a read. There'll definitely be more to follow in a variety of places.