Earlier this year
When will Cotton Naturalise?
Obviously this is a huge question for Perth fans, but could also be an issue for the Boomers.
There is some interesting general information here:
Given he has an Australian spouse and child, my basic understanding is that Citizenship should be relatively straight-forward. But obviously there is a massive bottleneck of applications. 126,294 applications on hand as at 31 May, with 75% of applications taking upto 18 months for approval.
Now it also says that from approval to ceremony can take another 8 months, but I figure The Lord Mayor of Perth is already on standby.
From day one, the Cats have been very vague about the timeliness of this, publicly saying "oh well when it happens it happens," and recently there has been almost no mention.
But lets get real. Rightly or wrongly you've got to figure they know people who know people. Everything I heard says that whilst his body is showing its age, Dr Jack's mind is razor sharp, and you can bet he has more than a few influential people on speed-dial...
Naturally, had Cotton naturalised in a few months, there would have been talk and umbrage, but it's coming up on a year. Any point from now on would seem "reasonable" and within the expected parameters.