Bundaberg's Clint Bolton in action.
Bundaberg's Clint Bolton in action. JOE CASTRO

Bolton is in doubt over expansion of the A-League

FOOTBALL: He might be part of a bid to get into the A-League, but Bundaberg's Clint Bolton says the competition is not ready just yet to expand.

The former Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart player is an official ambassador to Team 11, which is trying to get into the A-League when it rises to 12 teams from the current 10 for the 2019/20 season.

Team 11 is based in Melbourne, in the south-eastern suburbs of Casey and Dandenong where Bolton currently resides.

If successful they would be the third team from the state to be in the competition.

But the former Brothers Aston Villa junior said he's not sure there are enough quality players to expand the competition.

"It's an interesting argument and at the moment, probably not,” he told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"The development of Australian football is not where it should be, the path in the last 10 to 15 years hasn't produced enough quality young Australian footballers.”

But Bolton was confident Team 11 could buck the trend and be successful if it came into the competition.

The team has been given $24 million recently from the City of Casey Council for a centre of excellence.

"There's a huge number of grassroots participants but they get lost as there currently isn't a pathway to the elite level,” he said.

"Once you expand and develop areas that don't have big teams, there'll be a trickle down effect that'll keep quality young footballers in the game.”

Team 11 will find out on October 31 if they are successful when the A-League announces the expansion teams.



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