The push for an A-League team in Macarthur has received a significant boost, with a 10-club shortlist released by Football Federation Australia today.
Fifteen bids were put forward when expressions of interests opened a couple of months ago, however, five of those – Gold Coast, Fremantle City, West Adelaide, Tasmania and Belgravia Leisure in Victoria – are now out of the running.
Macarthur along with South-West Sydney, Southern Expansion, Team 11, South Melbourne, Western Melbourne, Brisbane City, Ipswich Pride, Canberra and the Wollongong Wolves, have been named on the shortlist.
The local bid has been supported by all Macarthur-based councils and MPs, and has been spearheaded by Campbelltown Council.
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic was stoked the bid had made it to the shortlist.
“This is a fantastic result,” he said.
“Council has led the preparation of the United for Macarthur A-League bid, on behalf of the region.
“The United for Macarthur bid has achieved bipartisan support from all federal and state members of parliament within our region and strong support from both Camden and Wollondilly councils.
“I would like to thank to all those who have supported the United for Macarthur bid in particular Macarthur Football Association, our business community, broader sports community and the many residents who have registered their support through the website.
“If successful, a Macarthur A-League team would bring endless benefits to the community.
“It will instill further pride in our community, put us on the map, attract visitors to the region and open up professional pathways for kids.”
Two more teams will be introduced to the A-League competition in the 2019/2020 season.