Former Socceroo backs bid for Macarthur A-League team

 Brett Emerton and Ghana's Hans Sarpei compete for the ball at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Picture: Vince Caligiuri
Brett Emerton and Ghana's Hans Sarpei compete for the ball at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Picture: Vince Caligiuri

He forged a name for himself in the English Premier League with club, Blackburn Rovers.

Now former Socceroo and Camden resident Brett Emerton has his sights set on another goal – helping establish an A-League team in Macarthur.

The bid – spearheaded by Campbelltown Council – has been backed by all Macarthur MPs and councils.

Emerton himself enjoyed a successful career abroad before returning to the Australia and joining A-League side Sydney FC.

The former Macquarie Fields High School student has officially come on board as an ambassador for the Macarthur bid.

He believed an A-League side in the region would flourish.

“The interest in football is growing and the community are excited by the idea of having their own team,” he said.

“Growing up I would have loved to have been able to play A-League in my own back-yard.

“With the region set to grow, an A-League team in this region will expand the current football reach and overall footprint.

“And importantly, an A-League team will bring many benefits to the local community, foster local pride and provide professional pathways for the many young footballers I work with.

“Another reason I am so supportive of this bid is that it is all about the community.

“It will be a family club, owned by the community and running a range of community programs that will benefit our region.”

Success: Brett Emerton back on home soil in Australia in 2016. Picture: Chris Lane

Success: Brett Emerton back on home soil in Australia in 2016. Picture: Chris Lane

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic was glad to have the support of Emerton.

“Brett is a role model for young football players, and has community at the heart of what he does,” he said.

“He knows first-hand the importance of professional pathways in fostering talent, and how playing on home turf, in front of local fans, can motivate young players on to bigger and better things.”