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Roar backs down from W-League pay cut

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar's W-League stand-off has been resolved after the club backed down from a push to make players accept a 40 per cent pay cut.

The about-face means the Roar women's team will play this season on the terms they agreed with former managing director Daniel Cobb, who offered increased deals this year just a few days before his two-month reign at the club came to an end.

"The resolution that has been achieved is a sensible one and the renewed investment across the women's program is encouraging for the entire sport," Professional Footballers Australia chief executive John Didiluca said in a statement.

"The matter reinforces the increasing focus on the W-League and the competition's critical importance to the entire industry."

The revised contracts offered by new managing director Mark Kingsman were still a substantial increase compared with what Brisbane W-League players were earning last season, but less than what Cobb had given them.

In light of recent advances in women's sport, the Roar were criticised for trying to scrap legally binding agreements - signed in good faith by players who already battle to make a living - for what amounted to just a $45,000 saving.

Matilda Tameka Butt, who is playing overseas, was not among the squad of 15 W-League players unveiled by the Roar on Friday, but it's believed she has been issued a new deal and has indicated a desire to play on with the Roar.

New Zealand international Kirstie Yallop - who signed a contract under Cobb but was told it wouldn't be honoured and hasn't been issued a new one - also wasn't named, and her case may be pursued further by the PFA.

Captain Claire Polkinghorne and fellow national representative Katrina Gorry have committed to Brisbane, along with reigning player of the year Angela Beard and two new imports in American midfielder Maddy Evans and Danish defender Nina Frausing-Pedersen.

"It's great that this group of committed footballers who love the club can now focus on the upcoming W-League campaign," coach Mel Andreatta said.

The Roar take on Sydney FC in their W-League opener on Saturday, November 5, at Dunmore Park in Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar W-League squad: Mackenzie Arnold, Angela Beard, Maddy Evans, Amy Chapman, Maili Forbes, Sunny Franco, Nina Frausing-Pedersen, Katrina Gorry, Summer O'Brien, Clare Polkinghorne (capt), Brooke Spence, Allira Toby, Kaitlyn Torpey, Cortnee Vine, Georgina Worth.

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