Campbelltown A-League bid backed by Emerton

Campbelltown is keen to become home to Sydney’s third A-League team and has some high-profile backing in retired Socceroo great, Brett Emerton.

Spurred on by the success of the Western Sydney Wanderers, and the under-utilisation of its elite facilities, the local council voted last week to woo the world game.

Cr Paul Hawker told the Macarthur Chronicle: “There is talk a third team may come to Sydney in the A-League.

“I don’t think we’re getting a fair go out of the NRL at the moment. Our state-of-the-art stadium is not being fully utilised.”

Emerton, who hails from the area, has backed the idea.

“There will be room for another team in Sydney without a doubt and Campbelltown should be considered,” the former EPL and Sydney FC player said.

“I know the popularity of football in the area and it’s only going to increase.

“People have shown they want to support a club when matches have been played here. To have a team in Campbelltown would be really special.”

With an announced $1.4 million refurbishment, including a synthetic pitch, Lynwood Park is seen as ideal training base for the new A-League club.

Campbelltown Mayor Clinton Mead said. “We only have half a (NRL) team, if that, at the moment,” he said.

“We’re (Campbelltown) a great opportunity if anyone wants to call us home.”

Not surprisingly Macarthur Football Association general manager Glenn Armstrong is keen to push the council's cause.

“It’d be a great thing for Campbelltown,” Armstrong said.

“We’re a growing area, we are getting the infrastructure and the numbers of people to support a team. We could also attract international teams, money and tourism.”