Macarthur A-League bid has two more high profile backers

The Macarthur bid is rolling along nicely.
The Macarthur bid is rolling along nicely.

Macarthur should be granted one of the new A-League licences.

That’s the view of former Socceroo Robbie Slater and Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow.

Football Federation Australia received 15 bids from those hopeful of securing one of the two new franchise licences that would take effect in the 2019/2020 season.

A shortlist of four to six teams was meant to be announced by the FFA yesterday, however that decision has been delayed by one week.

Mr Barlow said a side in Macarthur made complete sense.

“I am in full support of a team located in Sydney’s south west representing the rapidly growing region of Macarthur,” he said.

“The Macarthur region is the future of Sydney.

“This is where a big successful club can be based – in the heart of a growing community and with a fan-base that has a real sense of ownership in the club.

“Three big teams in Sydney (Macarthur, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers), each representing their own separate part of the city and each with a population base of more than one million people.

“That’s the right answer for the A-League.”

Backing: Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow has thrown his support behind a bid for an A-League team in Macarthur. Picture: AAP/Daniel Munoz

Backing: Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow has thrown his support behind a bid for an A-League team in Macarthur. Picture: AAP/Daniel Munoz

There are three other bids for a NSW team including: Southern Expansion, which would play out of St George, Sutherland and the Illawarra; Wollongong Wolves; and South-West Sydney, which would be based in Liverpool.

Mr Barlow said the Southern Expansion bid would decimate his club.

“The Southern Expansion bid is a deeply flawed proposal,” he said.

“It is an attempt to pull together three completely unrelated regions of NSW.

“The last thing we need in the A-League is a nomadic club.

“The southern regions of Sydney including St George and Sutherland are vital parts of Sydney FC’s heartland.

“Thirty per cent of our members come from the south.”

Robbie Slater with an Australian jersey in 1984. Picture: Gerrit Alan Fokkema

Robbie Slater with an Australian jersey in 1984. Picture: Gerrit Alan Fokkema

Former Socceroo and commentator Robbie Slater also threw his support behind Macarthur’s bid.

Slater told news.com.au that a Macarthur club would not “conflict with existing teams” as it was far enough away from Sydney FC and the Wanderers’ home bases.