South Coast Wolves coach Richard Lloyd is supremely confident the NSW Premier League has no concerns over the credibility of the competition in the wake of the Victorian match-fixing scandal.
The Victorian Premier League soccer club at the centre of Australia's biggest match-fixing scandal were provided with five players from England this season at no expense, their president says.
Southern Stars FC president Ercan Cicek says he had no suspicion of any alleged match-fixing until news broke yesterday that Victorian police had arrested 10 people - believed to be nine Stars players and the coach.
Lloyd yesterday declared the NSW Premier League had not been affected by any issues regarding betting.
"I would be 100 per cent confident it wouldn't be happening around here, with our team I know that," Lloyd said.
"We go out there and try and win every game we can and this season we didn't come away with many wins but it goes against the values and morals that you would have.
"You would have to have a pretty close unit of players all on board to help rig matches I would believe."
The arrests in Victoria relate to an alleged match-fixing ring estimated to have reaped more than $2 million of betting winnings, mainly overseas, from manipulating scores of the bottom-placed Stars.
They follow a Victoria police investigation which began last month on information from Swiss-based sports and betting data intelligence agency Sportradar, which was passed on by Football Federation Australia.
"This is the first case we've uncovered of this level of match-fixing in Australia," said Victoria police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton. Police were interviewing those allegedly involved and more people could yet be implicated, he said.
Many of the players arrested were from the United Kingdom and playing in Australia in their off-season.
Cicek said five players from England joined the south-east Melbourne-based Stars at the start of the season, at the instigation of a man who also offered to organise sponsorship.
"Last year somebody emailed me from England, [saying] 'We want to sponsor your club'," Cicek said.
The Stars initially ignored the offer, but received a second approach about six months later.
"Again comes email to me ... he is saying, 'We give you five players for a present'."
The Stars have played 21 games this season, losing 16 and drawing four.