Fowler: 'A-League was better with me playing!'

Former North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory striker Robbie Fowler has joked that the A-League was better when he was playing.

Fowler spent two seasons playing in the A-League, his first was with the now defunct North Queensland Fury during their debut season where the former Liverpool legend scored nine goals in 26 appearances and his second season was with Perth Glory where he also scored nine goals.

But while he did initially joke about his time playing in Australia, the man the Anfield faithful still call “God” did say the quality of the local competition had improved since he last played in 2011.

“I thought it was better when I played,” he said. “But I think it’s progressed every year. The A-League gets better and better and I think the standard of play is improving all the time. I think the fans are still coming to the games.

“And obviously with the new competition - the FFA Cup - now I think that was big and important for the league. I really enjoyed my time over here I still watch it. I keep in touch with the football and I’m really interested to see how far it can go because I certainly think it’s definitely on the rise again.”

The demise of North Queensland Fury due to financial reasons in July 2011 - a year after Fowler left the club - was met at the time with derision, but the striker denied that the club folding had left a bitter taste over his time there.

“I’d left,” he said. “I think it was two years after I left. I think that was really nothing in my control but I really enjoyed my time up there.”

Fowler also added that caution should be taken before having another team from North Queensland in the top tier of Australian football again.

“I think for the league to grow yes you do want a few more teams. But it is what it is. I think at the minute you’ve certainly got to play with what you are given. I think it’s hard from a monetary situation for a lot of the amateur clubs to become big and join the A-League. Ultimately as a supporter we’d probably all love that but financially it’s not impossible but it does make it a little bit more difficult.”