Southeast Melbourne councils join forces for A-League team

Southeast Melbourne councils join forces for A-League team

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Three councils in the heart of Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs will join forces in a bid to secure an A-League team, to be accompanied by W-League and National Youth League teams.

The mayors of Greater Dandenong City Council, Casey City Council and Cardinia Shire Council have signed a memorandum of understanding in Dandenong, with former Socceroo Vince Grella acting as a spokesperson.

The Herald Sun reported the bid was beginning to gain traction in November 2016.

A new team would represent a broad spectrum of the southeastern region, encompassing communities falling under the banner of the three councils.

In February, City of Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti told the Daily Football Show that a new stadium at Dandenong Showgrounds could accompany already existing training facilities at Casey Fields.

It would be the third A-League club to be establish in Victoria if it can put forward a successful business case, alongside Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has signalled its next round of expansion will not be held before the 2018-19 season.

Consortiums from Geelong and western Victoria, South Melbourne, Southern Sydney, Tasmania and Canberra have all signalled their intent of pushing for new A-League franchises.

Grella will a guest on Thursday’s Daily Football Show, available from 4pm AEST.

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