The future of the Austin Country Club, Australia’s largest, could be in doubt after a new owner announced plans to turn it into a global football club.
The club’s future has been in limbo since the departure of the previous owner, the founder of the local group of investors that bought it in 2012, but there was little to suggest the club would be sold.
The Austin Country club, which is home to the country’s top-flight football team, will be sold after a group of local investors bought the group’s stake in it last year, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The group will now try to buy the club and run it as a club, but the deal is not expected to happen for another five to 10 years.
“We will not sell,” the club’s president Andrew Gollings said on the club website.
“If we do sell, it will be for a very small amount of money.”
The Australian Football League has said it is monitoring the situation closely.
AFL chairman Andrew Demetriou said the group was considering “all the options available to them”.
The club has been selling tickets and merchandise since 2012 but it has been unclear how much money will be spent on the move.
What we know about the club The Austin country club has held regular league games in recent years, including a friendly against Spain in March 2018.
AAP/ABC NewsTopics:clubs,football,football-league,aesthetics,football—soccer,united-statesFirst posted November 13, 2019 12:00:47Contact Sarah Brown