A-League bid merger announcement expected on Monday

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and (inset) South West Sydney FC chairman Gino Marra. Pictures: Chris Lane and Simon Bennett
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and (inset) South West Sydney FC chairman Gino Marra. Pictures: Chris Lane and Simon Bennett

Soccer fans should prepare for exciting news with a major announcement due on Monday.

The United for Macarthur and South West Sydney FC A-League bids are expected to officially join forces next week.

Talk of a merger has been doing the rounds since early August and will likely be confirmed at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Monday evening.

Campbelltown Council – which has spearheaded the Macarthur bid – and South West Sydney FC today both released media invitations for a ‘major announcement’ at 6pm.

The two bids are among 10 aspirants shortlisted by Football Federation Australia who are aiming to secure one of two A-League licences for a national expansion in the 2019/20 season.

The Macarthur bid has the backing of billionaire developer Lang Walker, of the Walker Corporation, while the South West bid is led by local businessman Gino Marra.

Both bids hinge on the use of Campbelltown Sports Stadium as the successful A-League club’s home ground.

A combined bid is likely to greatly increase the region’s chances of securing one of the two A-League spots up for grabs.

The FFA is expected to make its final decision on the successful applicants in October.