27 Sep 2008

Melbourne looking to expand A League

6:07 am on 27 September 2008

The expanison of the A-League has gathered pace with Football Federation Australia granting a Melbourne consortium exclusive negotiating rights to become the second Victorian-based team.

The move will enable the FFA to accelerate talks with the consortium, with a view to entering the league in 2010-1.

The A-League will expand to 10 teams from next season, with teams from North Queensland and Gold Coast entering the competition.

But the chosen Victorian bid, backed by Melbourne horse racing identity Peter Sidwell, will be chasing a spot in the second stage of expansion which is likely to be in two years' time.