Who are Macarthur South-West Sydney and what will they bring to the A-League?

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Sydney is set for a third team, so what will they bring to the table?

After a prolonged expansion process, Macarthur South-West Sydney, along with Western Melbourne, have successfully been awarded a place in the A-League.

A merger of two initial bids from Macarthur United and South-West Sydney FC, the club will join the competition in the 2020/21 season to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running and give Western Sydney Wanderers some breathing room as they open their new stadium.

Covering a growth corridor in New South Wales, the combined region of South-West Sydney will have an estimated two million residents by 2035 and already boasts over 24,000 registered football players along with 3,600 National Premier League footballers.

The side will play out of Campbelltown Stadium which has a capacity of 20,000 and have already secured a 15-year lease agreement with the local council for the venue. 

The stadium is also set for a major upgrade with the club hoping to refurbish it over the next five years while still playing all their games there. 

With funding primarily coming from billionaire property tycoon Lang Walker, the club won't be short on cash.

"If successful, Walker Constructions will become a strategic partner of the A-League team, and also have substantial input in the upgrade of the stadium, other local sporting facilities and football clubs in the region,” Walker Corporation said in a statement in June.

"Sydney’s south-west is growing rapidly and has the facilities in place, with the centerpiece being Campbelltown Sports Stadium, to quickly become a force in the A-League.”

Part of those plans have seen them already begin discussions to sign former Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak as a marquee player. 

Former Socceroos Nick Carle and Brett Emerton are also ambassadors for the side.

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Sydney FC voiced their support for the bid during the expansion process, while the Wanderers have remained on the fence but could benefit from a Western Sydney derby of sorts. 

Only time will tell if Macarthur South-West Sydney will be a success, but it's safe to say they have some strong foundations. 

 

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