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Canberra bid snares Socceroos great

FEARS Craig Moore would be lost to Australian football have eased after the Socceroos legend was offered a role with the Canberra-based team bidding for A-League inclusion.Moore, an Australian Institute of Sport graduate, will return to Canberra to work alongside head of football Ron Smith at the Capital Region Football Collective.Moore, 44, won’t change his…

FEARS Craig Moore would be lost to Australian football have eased after the Socceroos legend was offered a role with the Canberra-based team bidding for A-League inclusion.

Moore, an Australian Institute of Sport graduate, will return to Canberra to work alongside head of football Ron Smith at the Capital Region Football Collective.

Moore, 44, won’t change his immediate plans of returning to Scotland – where he was a Rangers stalwart during a stellar playing career – for at least the next six months.

But the former Brisbane Roar football director and Socceroos’ player mentor will be back in Australia next year to be a key cog in CRFC’s A-League bid and player development program.

“It was a no-brainer to support this particular opportunity in Canberra because it makes a lot of sense,” Moore said.

“I’ve got a bit of soft spot for Canberra, coming through the AIS, and more importantly I’m passionate about opportunity, and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity and I’m sure the community of Canberra will get behind this.

“It provides a good opportunity for local talent.”

Moore said the CRFC would benefit from his upcoming stint in Scotland.

“Rather than be here for the next six to nine months with very little happening, I have far more advantage by basing myself in UK to continue my experience and further expand my network to be able to provide better business outcomes in the future,” he said.

CRFC director Michael Caggiano said Moore’s involvement was a huge coup for the bid and football in the region.

“Australia’s yearning for people like Craig to be involved in football,” Caggiano said.

“These great Socceroos can bring so much to the table, and we see an opportunity to do that with Craig here in Canberra.”

Caggiano said Moore’s upcoming time in the UK would be invaluable to the CRFC, who are aiming for A-League inclusion in two seasons’ time in a bid that has a reported $5 million in its kitty as well financial support from the ACT government.

The Canberra bid was overlooked during the A-League previous round of expansion in which Western United and Macarthur FC became the competition’s 11th and 12th teams respectively.

“The thing we’ve all lot on this journey is the football network is very strong and it’s tight-knit, and if you have the right people involved it opens a lot of doors and a lot of opportunities,” Caggiano said.

“Craig being overseas and with his network, he can bring a wealth of intelligence back … the set-up of a club, the current practices of people in Europe, a network of potential talent that we could plug into the organisation both on and off the field.”

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