Photo of Robert PiresTHE A-LEAGUE’S applaudable quest to attract blossoming new talent instead of old Premier League players chasing one last pay cheque in the sun continued this week with the news that young hot shot Robert Pires has had an offer to move Down Under.

“I’m prepared to retire in May if that’s what it comes to [to leave Aston Villa]. But I am also ready to go wherever an interesting proposition comes from, be it Qatar or the US. I’ve even had an offer from Australia,” said the 37-year-old, in a way that suggests he only mentioned the Australia offer for pure novelty value.