Les Murray (left) and Craig Foster are behind a bid for an A-League team in south Sydney.
Les Murray (left) and Craig Foster are behind a bid for an A-League team in south Sydney. TRACEY NEARMY

Bid for South Sydney team in A-League announced

FOOTBALL: A bid for a South Sydney team has been announced as the A-League looks to expand as early as the 2018-19 season.

With as many as 10 proposals for a new licence, the South Sydney bid has been confirmed, with a team to be placed in the A-League and W-League should it be accepted by FFA.

Backed by a "high-profile consortium of business, football and community leaders" including Les Murray, Craig Foster, Chinese property giant JiaYuan Group will financially back the franchise.

"This is a very exciting day in Australian football," said former SBS football commentator Les Murray.

"What we have in mind is to bring best quality professional football to a vast, diverse region full of football tradition and history.

"I have no doubt that the communities of Sydney's southern reaches will be heavily enriched by having their own professional football club."

The bid has been boosted by three local football associations - St George, Sutherland and South Coast - coming together to support the bid.

Murray added: "We note and understand FFA's preferred timing on expansion. We are not impatient and are content to wait until expansion is given the go-ahead.

"But when it does, we will be ready. We are also confident that a club from our vast market of fans and players will heavily benefit the existing A-League and W-League clubs in the transition process."

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