The Australian paper claims Beckham made an approach through an agent to play a guest stint in Australia’s football league after he finishes with the LA Galaxy on December 1 – it’s estimated he could earn $1 million for 10 games. And that’s before the sponsors start flooding in for a piece of the action.
“It’s wonderful that David Beckham is thinking about the A-League as a potential destination,” Gallop said.
“It’s another sign of how much the A-League has grown in stature on a global basis.
“Beckham is a superstar on the world stage and Australian audiences have loved his visits here with the LA Galaxy.
Beckham wouldn’t be alone as an international superstar past his prime but still with plenty to offer after the signings of Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC and Emile Heskey at Newcastle United have been resounding successes.
He was a massive drawcard when he played an exhibition match at Newcastle for LA Galaxy.
“There are many hoops to jump through and I must stress this approach remains at a very preliminary stage,’ Gallop admitted.
A spokesman for Beckham has put a dampener on the prospect however.
“There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player,” a statement to Sky Sports said.
“There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia. David is completely focused on the Major League Soccer play-offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy.”
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