Western Sydney given go-ahead to become 12th A-League club
Football Federation Australia has given the green light for the Western Sydney bid to join the A-League. Headed by former NSL and Young Socceroo player Ian Rowden, the club will not enter the competition until 2011 but has definitely been handed the 12th A-League licence despite some recent uncertainty.
"I think this is a gigantic leap forward, we are now committed to a team in the most populous football region in the country," Buckley said.
"He (Rowden) has put together a very strong group of people to develop, build and lead the development of this team for entry into the Hyundai A-League in season 2011-12.
"In our mind, this group of people has a great combination of business acumen, marketing expertise and certainly understands the game as well as anyone."
Rowden was confident that the financial backing for the new franchise would not be a problem.
"I've got very current discussions with potential investors that are real discussions," Rowden told reporters on Tuesday.
"I'm absolutely confident that we will create the complete investor body that we need to support this team the way it should be supported."