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New Sydney team set for A-League

FOOTBALL: A new team will be created in Sydney and will join the domestic A-League, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said Wednesday, as a major cash injection at grassroots level was also announced.

Saturday 7 April 2012, 02:04PM

The new team appears to sound the death knell for Gold Coast United, who were kicked out of the 10-team competition in February after the FFA had a furious row with the club’s owner, billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer.

In announcing a new Western Sydney franchise, Prime Minister Julia Gillard unveiled an A$8 million (B240 million) funding package for football development in the area.

Australia’s largest city already has a club in the competition, Sydney FC, and FFA chief executive Ben Buckley said it was an exciting prospect to have a cross-town rival.

Everton star Tim Cahill, who grew up in Sydney’s west, will reportedly be approached to be involved with the club, which is expected to join the league next season.



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