Media personality turned bid spearhead Les Murray insists a a new A-League club south of Sydney will not diminish the quality and passion of the city’s existing football status quo.
Murray was announced as chairman of the bid to encompass three separate football associations from the St George, Sutherland and Illawarra regions on Monday morning.
Fellow pundit Craig Foster is also involved in the bid which is to be backed by China-based property firm JiaYuan Group.
But the bid has brought with it fears a third team from Australia’s most populous city will further diminish fan following, particularly from Sydney FC.
Approximately one third of the Sky Blues’ fan base stems from the regions Southern Expansion Proprietary Ltd is targeting.
Speaking exclusively on Monday’s Daily Football Show, Murray rubbished the claims, declaring a south Sydney team would add value to the existing competitors.
“I don’t see how it dilutes the derby, for example, that’s an absurd notion. I haven’t heard that before,” Murray said.
“What it does is adds six more derbies to Sydney. There will be nine derbies in Sydney as opposed to the current three.
“I don’t know why you would be opposed to that or resist that in any shape or form. It’s a commercial attraction, it’s very hard to resist.
“I think we will add value to the existing two clubs, I don’t think we will take away from Sydney FC.
“If I know anything about football fans, it is that they don’t change.
“If there are fans in the region that we’re targeting that already fans of Sydney, they’re not going to change and they’re perfectly entitled to that.”
The southern Sydney team is expected to groundshare between the three regions initially with a view to building its own stadium in the case it wins the right to be included in the league.
LISTEN to the FULL chat with Les Murray on Monday’s Daily Football Show.