The Australian football legend who infamously never played for the Socceroos has remained closely involved with the game in England following his retirement, so he brings a wealth of experience to Southern Expansion in an advisory role.Β 

Johnston won five league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup during his time at the club, and his renowned his work ethic and never-say-die attitude maintains him among the English giants all-time fan favourites.

Southern Expansion Head of Football, Craig Foster, was delighted Johnston decided to join the expansion candidates, with a decision on two new clubs set to be made in October.

β€œHaving Craig join the team at Southern strengthens our programs aimed at developing the finest, technical young players in the Southern Region, providing them with pathways to A-League and W-League football and a career at the highest levels of the game,” Foster said.

β€œCraig was a trailblazer in the world of football and his years of experience and extraordinary success at Liverpool along with his internationally famous dedication, perseverance and commitment to improving daily as a player will prove to be a great benchmark for our young boys and girls dreaming of emulating his achievements."

The Southern Expansion bid has retained a high-profile largely due to drawing the support of many Australian footballing luminaries, however faces stiff competition from Wollongong Wolves for an A-League franchise in southern New South Wales.

Foster believes securing Johnston's experience is key to showcasing the bid's innovation.Β 

β€œAside from being one of our greatest ever, Craig is demonstrably one of the game’s foremost thinkers, innovators and creative minds on a global level, and these are the prime attributes we are seeking in all of our staff and contributors to the club.

β€œWe welcome Craig to the Southern family.”