Football South Coast (FSC) has thrown its support behind Wollongong Wolves in their stand-alone bid to join the A-League in 2019/20.
The Wolves are in a fierce battle to fend off rival super bid Southern Expansion which encompasses the St George, Illawarra and Sutherland regions.
Both bid teams have made the Football Federation Australia shortlist of 10.
Earlier this year, FSC execs announced support for Southern but today chairman Eddy De Gabriele said the board’s preference had always been for a stand-alone club in the top flight.
It's a partnership the NPL outfit hopes will be a game-changer.
Former Socceroo and Wolves bid spokesman, Luke Wilkshire said the partnership was crucial to the club’s ambitions.
"To have Football South Coast support our bid, and to work with us on it is extremely important,” the former Sydney FC star said.
“If the bid is to be successful, football on the south coast must band together as one.
“We have the support of our association colleagues in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Far South Coast, Highlands and the Southern Tablelands.
“A positive, working relationship with Football South Coast gives our bid even greater credentials – particularly in terms of demonstrating the desire which exists to bring A-League and W-League to our region."
De Gabriele confirmed FSC and Wolves were in step.
"We support the Wollongong Wolves bid and we will actively work with them to do whatever we can to assist in that process,” De Gabriele said.
“We look forward to working together on this and many further initiatives to enhance football."