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Sydney Rovers to have last-gasp effort for A-League entry

Proposed A-League expansion franchise Sydney Rovers will have a last-gasp effort to try and gain entry into the competition.

The troubled franchise are in danger of being denied entry into the A-League if they cannot reach the financial guarantee required by Football Federation Australia.

The western Sydney outfit were granted the 12th A-League licence last year but be defunct before they even start if FFA deems them to be a financial liability.

A spokesman for the Rovers bid team, headed by Ian Rowden, said a meeting will be held this week to determine the future of the incoming club who are yet to reach the $6million required to kick off proceedings.

''There will be a meeting with the Rovers group in the next day or so, probably tomorrow, where they will be asked to provide more details on their financial backing and their overall strategy,'' the spokesman said.

''The FFA will then ask for that information to be provided before the end of the week. Once that has come we'll be better placed to make a decision.

''We recognise that it's been an incredibly difficult time to start up a new club, and especially so in looking for financial backing during the global financial crisis. But we're also more cautious than usual in looking at the security and the backing of the bidders.''

Andrew Slevison
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