Although Mitchell doesn’t see players on around £20,000 a week coming from Manchester to the Hyundai A-League he does feel other links through the network could pay off.

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is keen to expand within Asia and this could see players from his native Thailand testing themselves in the A-League through other clubs already in agreement with the Premier League club.

“We might get a couple of Thai players that play for the national team who play over there and might come over here,” said Mitchell.

“We’ll see if they’re good enough to play in the A-League. So that is a connection that could well work.”

The deal will also see Glory gain access to the inner workings of a Premier League club from player development to facilities and resources.

It’s in these areas captain Jamie Harnwell feels Perth will gain the most.

“Obviously if we can see the facilities and resources they’ve got and bring some of that over to Perth I think it will be a huge thing,” said Harnwell.

“They’ve probably got one of the best managers in the business in Sven Goran Eriksson so the opportunity to learn from him would be fantastic for Mitch and the whole organisation.”

“There’s a great potential for sharing of knowledge if not players.”