Bleiberg reveals FFA set to receive bid for second Brisbane team

The consortium behind the bid for a second A-League team in Brisbane are just "two or three meetings away" from tabling a formal expression of interest to Football Federation Australia, according to their frontman Miron Bleiberg.

Miron Bleiberg

Miron Bleiberg during his days as coach of Gold Coast United Source: Getty Images

Responding to FFA CEO Greg O'Rourke's confirmation last week that the ruling body was looking at the possibility of a second team in Queensland as part of its expansion plans ahead of the signing of a new TV rights package, Bleiberg declared that the consortium was seeking approval to enter a turf war with Brisbane Roar, sooner rather than later.



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The ex-Roar and Gold Coast United coach, who will dip into his own pocket to help fund the project, said: "If we do show an expression of interest we are seeking approval for entry into the A-League in the near future, not in the far future. That's imperative for us.

"We are not interested in being part of a 10-year plan."

Bleiberg has been gratified by the positive feedback he has received since first floating the notion of a second Brisbane team earlier this month.



"The FFA and the public want to know more, and it's nice to get that response," he said.

"My phone has been flooded by people wanting to help in any way they can.

"We are two or three meetings away from finalising our preparations.

"If everything goes right in that regard then we can go to FFA, and show an expression of interest."

O'Rourke, who had initially scoffed at the prospect of a second Brisbane team, now appears open to the concept.

“Football Federation Australia has previously announced it is actively looking at expansion across its existing footprint in Australia and New Zealand," he told The Australian last week.



“While no specific areas have been identified for expansion, FFA is certainly open to the possibility of another club in Queensland as one of the options.

"Considering the recent hype and interest of the derbies in both Sydney and Melbourne, we can see the excitement a derby match generates.

“We have previously heard Miron quoted that he had a consortium who would be interested in investing in a second Queensland team, however no official approach has been made to FFA from this consortium.”

Noting the success of the Sydney and Melbourne derbies, Bleiberg, a wealthy businessman long before he became a successful coach, believes a new Brisbane team would invigorate the Roar and interest in the game in his adopted home town.


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Published 25 October 2016 at 8:47am
By Dave Lewis