Latest Melbourne City signing and FIFA phenom Marcus Gomes used his announcement press conference to stake a claim on behalf of all Australian FIFA players for a voice on Football Federation Australia’s controversial panel.

Claiming that FIFA players have long been ignored by the administration, Gomes told journalists that Australia risks lagging behind FIFA players from other nations. “Have you seen some of these kids from the AFC? They’re incredible, and that’s the kind of opposition we have to overcome if Australia is to push for silverware,” Gomes said.

“Despite our years of contribution to Australian football scouting and tactical development, we have never been taken seriously by FFA, and unless something changes, FIFA in this country will never achieve its full potential. Therefore I’m going to use my position to lobby FFA for a full vote in its Congress, so that FIFA in Australia isn’t left behind.”