Decision no closer on future of Gold Coast United, but western Sydney team remains 'priority' for Football Federation Australia

Gold Coast United fans must remain patient for their club's future to be revealed, but the FFA are determined to investigate a second Sydney side
Football Federation Australia is still some way from a decision on the future of Gold Coast United in the A-League, though they continue to explore the introduction of a club in western Sydney for the 2012-13 season.

Speaking on Fox Sports on Tuesday, FFA chief executive officer Ben Buckley revealed a decision on United was still "three or four weeks" away, with the club remaining under the auspices of the game's governing body after former owner Clive Palmer's licence was revoked on February 29.

"What we've said over the last three weeks is that we'd assess the future viability of Gold Coast United over the course of the remaining weeks towards the end of the season," Buckley said.

"We expect that process to take place over the next three to four weeks."

Work has begun, however, on the development of a business plan for a club in western Sydney. 

A consortium under the Sydney Rovers moniker was handed an A-League licence for the 2011-12 A-League season, but were eventually denied entry due to concerns over finances.

Buckley may not be able to shed light on the future of Gold Coast, but he was far more definitive on that of a franchise in western Sydney - which looms as a potential replacement.

"We've made no secret about the fact that western Sydney is a priority for us," Buckley said.

"You see the clubs that exist in the western part of Sydney, the talent that they've produced - some great Socceroos, some great players in the A-League… So western Sydney certainly deserves a team.

"We've got a number of our staff working diligently on putting together a business plan for the club - a community engagement plan - to work very hard with the local community in the western part of Sydney, should we pursue that for next year or the year beyond."

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