Sage has grand plans for A-League expansion, including increasing the scope of the competition from Australia and New Zealand to represent at least four of Australia's northern neighbours.

As a result, Perth Glory have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Serawak FA (Malaysia) to host an A-League match on the island of Borneo.

FFA has granted approval, all that's missing, says Sage, is a willing opponent.Β 

β€œIt will be fantastic to play in Malaysia,” Sage told The World Game.

β€œWhy the FFA looks inwards for expansion, when we have over 300 million football-mad supporters in Asia seven hours to our north, is beyond me.Β 

β€œIt just takes bold decisions and a bit of politicking with the AFC (to make things happen)."

Sage believes the potential increase to broadcast revenue from expanding the A-League into other Asian countries is too good to pass up.

β€œI’d bring in four teams over the next two stages of the expansion process - one from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong," he said.

β€œIt would greatly enhance the numbers of people watching and following our football and, most importantly, boost our broadcast revenue.”