Gold Coast United have been reborn five years after the A-League club was discontinued in 2012.
In a merger of two Queensland second division clubs, Gold Coast Athletic and Gold Coast Galaxy, the new Gold Coast United has been granted a licence to play in the NPL Queensland.
The club will field a men’s team as well as a women’s team.
The venture is backed by Gold Coast businessman Danny Maher, current chairman of Athletic, as well as the body Sports Gold Coast.
“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’s existence ended in 2012 after four years of operation due to financial issues and instability both on and off the pitch.
The club regularly drew low attendances in its later days with former chairman Clive Palmer choosing to close off much of Robina Stadium’s grandstands.