GOLD Coast United want another shot at the A-League.
Having risen from the ashes this season as an NPL Queensland club, United are set to announce their intention to bid for a place in an expanded A-League on Thursday.
The club has flagged a “major announcement” involving United chairman Danny Mather, chief executive Troy Bingham and Sports Gold Coast chairman Geoff Smith.
United’s previous A-League stint lasted three seasons before the club folded in 2012.
Under the ownership of mining magnate Clive Palmer and coached by Miron Bleiberg, United kicked off with high expectations thanks to Palmer’s riches and a star-studded squad that included then Socceroos midfielder Jason Culina and goalscoring machine Shane Smeltz.
But it ended in disaster, with Bleiberg leaving during the club’s final season after a dispute with the controversial Palmer, who soon after had his A-League licence stripped by Football Federation Australia
Low crowds at their Robina home ground haunted United, with Palmer’s decision to close parts of the stadium for matches earning the ire of the football community.
United join fellow NPLQ clubs Brisbane City and the Brisbane Strikers in the race to become Queensland’s next A-League club.
FFA have indicated the A-League will expand and become a 12-team competition in time for the 2019-20 season.