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SBD Global/August 23, 2013/Franchises

Former NSL Side Marconi Stallions Joins Bid For A-League Club Western Sydney Wanderers

Former National Soccer League side Marconi Stallions is aiming to return to the top flight of Australian football and "will bid for a controlling stake" in the A-League Western Sydney Wanderers, according to Dominic Bossi of THE AGE. Marconi is eager to end its nine-year hiatus from professional sport and its "making an ambitious bid to purchase the licence of the flourishing club from its current owners, Football Federation Australia." Marconi President Vince Foti said his club will ''definitely'' join the bidding war for ownership of the Wanderers but are yet to submit its application to the governing body. Marconi's bid "is yet to leave the boardroom but under the proposed offer there will be no change to the Wanderers' name, brand, identity and colours." They "will likely train at Marconi Stadium in Bossley Park and play at Parramatta Stadium," if it was successful with its bid. However, Foti said that there "was a possibility the club could permanently move to Marconi Stadium if the venue underwent a significant redevelopment to increase the capacity and improve facilities" (THE AGE, 8/23).
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