Campbelltown’s chances of becoming home to an A-League club have received a major boost.
United for Macarthur and South-West Sydney FC announced on Monday night they would combine their A-League bids.
Chairman of the south-west bid Gino Marra said the merger showed “our willingness to unite our region”.
“It made sense to come together. We both want the best for our community and for future generations,” he said.
“It will bring together the best of both bids from an operation, financial and football perspective.
“We both believed that with one voice, we would be stronger.”
The United for Macarthur bid has been spearheaded by Campbelltown City Council.
Mr Marra said it was invaluable to have the council’s support behind the south-west Sydney bid.
“Having council on board allows us to showcase our club from day one at a Federation of Football Australia approved venue, Campbelltown Sports Stadium,” he said.
“The new name of the merged club, colours and nickname will be decided once we kick off our community feedback forums after the bid process is completed on August 31.”
The combined bid ambassadors are former Socceroos players Brett Emerton and Nick Carle.
Mr Marra said it was “hugely important” to have Emerton and Carle on board.
“They are both incredibly passionate about the game and our region,” he said.
“Both know each other well from their Socceroos days and they are community-focused guys who want to help bring A-League football here.”
In late May, South-West Sydney FC and United for Macarthur were announced as two of 10 successful bids across Australia to progress into the final phase of A-League expansion.
The deadline for the final phase is August 31.
The inclusion of two new A-League clubs will begin in 2019.
United For Macarthur Bid Chairman Chris Redman said both clubs’ initial bids were very strong.
Redman said unity was important to deliver an A-League club to “our wonderful and vast region”.
“We believe a joining of forces will significantly strengthen our bid,” he said.
“One bid, one focus and one club representing the entire community makes sense.
“We’re stronger together and we’re all delighted with this outcome.”