Gold Coast United are back! Just this time without Clive Palmer, and they won't be in the A-League... yet.
The former A-League club have been granted a licence to compete in next year's NPL Queensland.
They will become the second team from the Coast in the division, along with Gold Coast City, who last night qualified for the FFA Cup Round of 16.
United are the product of a merger between Gold Coast Galaxy and Gold Coast Athletic, however the name 'Gold Coast United' is still pending approval from FFA.
The decision was announced at a press conference on Thursday by Sports Gold Coast's Danny Maher.
“It’s a once in a football generation opportunity,” Maher told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“We are proud to bring United back in a community-driven model and unite the sport on the Gold Coast.
“Our primary purpose is to provide access to elite pathways for every Gold Coast grassroots club and for every man, woman, boy and girl. That is why we are here, to unite the city.”
Gold Coast United came into the A-League in 2009 with the backing of controversial figure Clive Palmer but lasted just three seasons in the competition.
The club struggled with small crowds, not helped by Palmer's decision to put a cap on the crowd and close parts of the stadium.
In 2012 Palmer's A-League licence was revoked by Football Federation Australia, with Gold Coast folding and FFA forced to fastrack Western Sydney Wanderers' admission into the league.
As a revolt against the FFA, Palmer founded a rebel organisation called 'Football Australia', but that lasted barely a few months before Palmer got bored and moved into politics instead.