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Gold Coast City President Andrew Purnell-Webb has welcomed confirmation the club will return to PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland in 2018.
Football Queensland today announced that City will be one of 14 teams to compete in next year’s competition, which sits at the second tier of football in Australia.
The club’s participation licence is for the next five seasons and only applies to men’s and junior boys competitions, with women’s licences part of a separate and on-going bid process.
The terms of the participation licence mean City will be subject to a newly installed promotion and relegation system with the newly-formed, third-tier Football Queensland Premier League competition as of next year.
City currently sit top of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland and won the competition’s Premiership and Championship titles in 2014.
Purnell-Webb said City’s success in the recent licence review process was recognition of the club’s embrace of the competition as a pathway for Queensland players and coaches.
“Everyone at Gold Coast City Football Club is delighted by today’s announcement,” Purnell-Webb said.
“We have worked hard since the first season to make this club a pathway for local players and I believe that has been recognised at the state administrative level.”
“We look forward to an exciting and dynamic competition next year and beyond as Queensland football fans continue to embrace the NPL and now the QPL.”
“It is an exciting time for football in Queensland and for football on the Gold Coast.”
City originally competed under the name of Palm Beach SC before rebranding in late 2015 to distinguish the club’s community teams from its PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues presence.
Purnell-Webb said, “The Gold Coast City brand is relatively new and we recognise that the club and its ethos must continue to demonstrate value to the Gold Coast football community and to the local clubs.”
“On the pitch, our senior men’s team is highly competitive and successful, while our juniors program is producing a number of talented youngsters who will hopefully enjoy long careers in football at the professional and semi-professional levels.”
“We are making significant strides off the pitch with our business practices and marketing that we believe will continue to grow over this next licence period.”
During today’s announcement, Football Queensland also confirmed that the Gold Coast region will receive two teams in the newly-formed Football Queensland Premier League.
Purnell-Webb said he is looking forward to the possibility of future derbies against the new Gold Coast Athletic and Gold Coast Galaxy teams.
“Football is built on rivalries and derbies. More Gold Coast clubs playing at the highest levels available can only be good for football in our city just as it is in Sydney or Liverpool or Madrid.”
“A local rivalry isn’t only about games on the pitch, it encourages innovation and adaptation behind the scenes too. Our club will be stronger for the presence of the others,” he concluded.