SportCanberra A-League bid partners with Woollongong Wolves

03:30  09 november  2018
03:30  09 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Wollongong Wolves are adamant they can maintain a positive relationship with Canberra 's soccer community, despite both cities bidding for an A - League expansion licence. Wollongong and Canberra were among 15 bid teams who submitted an expression of interest to Football Federation

Wollongong Wolves Football Club is an Australian semi-professional football club based in Wollongong , in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

Canberra A-League bid partners with Woollongong Wolves© Eamonn Tiernan The Canberra A-League bid has partnered with the Wollongong Wolves.

Canberra has ramped up its A-League expansion footprint and partnered with previously shortlisted bid the Wollongong Wolves.

Canberra are one of six bids left in the expansion race, with a new-look Football Federation Australia board set to name two new clubs in the coming months.

The Wolves were axed by the FFA when the shortlist was reduced from eight to six last month but Canberra have committed to playing at lease one A-League game per season in Wollongong.

Canberra bid leader Michael Caggiano said the clubs will share resources, players, coaches and their elite pathways programs.

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Since the inception of the Hyundai A - League in 2005, Canberra has been considered as a potential expansion area for the competition. The Hyundai A - League is the only professional level mens association football league in Australia, and is overseen by Football Federation Australia (FFA).

The original Canberra -based bid , A - League 4 Canberra , was announced in July 2008. It is felt amongst most that the twice Australian Champions the Wollongong Wolves FC should be the team from the Illawarra, Former Wollongong star Scott Chipperfield has thrown his support behind them

“Wolves have a rich history of playing national league football and they deserve to be there again,” Caggiano said.

“This partnership is a natural fit, Wollongong is its own city, with its own football identity. We want to work with them not replace them.

“Having Wolves join the A-League would create a derby for us, and really fulfil the game’s potential in southern NSW.”

Wollongong spokesperson Luke Wilkshire said the partnership would help them be ready for the next round of expansion and threw his support behind Canberra's bid.

“This agreement will help us build our juniors, our players, our club and our region,” Wilkshire said.

“They are going to help us in terms of developing facilities for our juniors, which is really lacking in our region.

“Canberra is a location we believe is beneficial to the league going forward.

“The city already has a W-League team and world-class facilities, and the people involved with the bid have the right intentions for the game."

More to come.

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