D-Day is looming for those behind the bid to establish an A-League club in Macarthur.
Campbelltown Council and mayor George Brticevic have spearheaded the bid which has received unanimous support from all councils and MPs in the region.
Football Federation Australia officially opened the expressions of interest period for budding franchises on March 29.
A United for Macarthur website was set up to give the public a chance to officially sign up and get behind the concept, and to show the FFA that the region would support a local team.
With the expressions of interest period ending on Thursday, May 24, Cr Brticevic encouraged Macarthur residents to visit the website and sign up while they still had the chance.
“If you want an opportunity to watch sport locally up to 18 times a year, and not have to travel far at all for that chance to see professional sport in Macarthur, then you should get behind us,” he said.
Cr Brticevic said he was heartened by the response so far – more than 1500 people have already signed up at unitedformacarthur.com.au, and the number continues to increase every day.
He said the level of support, growing population of Macarthur, and existing infrastructure – like Campbelltown Sports Stadium – presented a compelling case for a side in the region.
“It’s going really well and gaining momentum and interest,” he said.
“People see this as a business opportunity, a job creator, a precinct activator and a pathway for (local) boys and girls to professional sport.
“Confidence is growing and I’m more optimistic than pessimistic (of a favourable outcome).”
The bid has attracted support from high profile locals including former Socceroo Brett Emerton – a Harrington Park resident and former Macqaurie Fields High School student.
The bipartisan support pleased Cr Brticevic.
“It doesn’t (happen that often),” he said.
“But it’s fantastic that people can put any political persuasions to the side and support this for the benefit of Macarthur.”
If successful, the Macarthur team would enter the nation’s top competition in the 2019/2020 season.
The team would play out of Campbelltown Sports Stadium. State MPs including Jai Rowell and Greg Warren believe if the bid was successful, a Macarthur A-League team would strengthen the case for an upgrade of the stadium.