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Team 11 scores transfer coup

Team 11 scores transfer coup

14 March 2018

Team 11 scores transfer coup

The Team 11 bid for an A-League and W-League licence has received a major boost with the appointment of Herald Sun football writer Matt Windley.

Windley will work closely with the steering committee currently driving Team 11’s quest to bring a professional football club to Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

As the bid’s full-time Project Officer he will manage Team 11’s marketing and media portfolio. A key component of his role will also be to liaise directly with the near 100 local football clubs in the region which boast more than 17,000 players.

Team 11 ambassador and Socceroos legend Vince Grella said Windley's appointment was a huge coup and would add major weight to the strength of the bid.

Grella said Windley’s experience as a football writer and passion for a team in Melbourne’s south-east gives him the opportunity to build excellent relationships with players, administrators and local clubs

"I first met Matt Windley about a year ago and within five minutes he had me sold on the vision for this club," Grella said.

"He's a local boy and his passion for what this club can be –and what it can do for this community – is unrivalled.

"It's a big leap of faith he's taking, which should demonstrate the belief he and everyone associated with the bid has in its potential."

Greater Dandenong councillor Jim Memeti – the Team 11 steering committee representative for all three councils – said Windley’s appointment was made possible through a united effort by Greater Dandenong Council, Casey Council and Cardinia Shire.

"We have been working quietly on this bid behind the scenes since we launched Team 11 in May last year," Councillor Memeti said.

"We have been developing our business case and stadium designs and have some exciting announcements in the pipeline.

"At the heart of this bid is community and ensuring our community shares our vision. Living in Berwick, Windley understands the local football community and the wider region so he is the perfect person to share our vision."

Windley said he was eager to help turn Team 11's dream into reality as the bid gains momentum.

"I am so passionate about football in this country and I truly believe a club in Melbourne’s south-east will add positively to the A-League," Windley said.

"This is a club that is as much about building a better community as it is about football.

"With a stadium and training base in the south-east, this has the potential to revitalise the region by creating jobs and encouraging investment. Having local men's and women's teams will also provide sporting role models that our children can aspire to.”

Windley will be available for media interviews this week.

After that time, please respect that Windley will continue to work at the Herald Sun until March 31 and will not be available for Team 11 commitments until after that time.

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