Melbourne coach Merrick rates Gold Coast entry as plus for A-League

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has welcomed the inclusion of Gold Coast United into the A-League.

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has welcomed the inclusion of Gold Coast United into the A-League.

The reigning championship-winning coach says the competitiveness and resources available to United coach Miron Bleiberg will make them a warranted competitor in Australia’s top flight.

"I love Miron. We've actually flown under the radar a little bit," Merrick said.

"It's a great move to bring in a Gold Coast team. It's like Miami - it's a glamour place and glamour outfit. Clive Palmer is a man with money and passion and has put a lot into it.

"But they've not just talked the talk, they've walked it. They promised to spend money and they've gone out and got Jason Culina - a great pickup.

"They've signed a whole host of quality players and that's a big plus for the competition."