SOCCEROOS stars Jackson Irvine and Bailey Wright have thrown their support behind Team 11’s push for an A-League licence, declaring they want to finish their careers in their backyard.
English championship stars Irvine, 25, and Wright, 25, were both born and bred in Victoria’s south-east.
Irvine played most notably at Endeavour United, but also at Knox City, while Wright played predominantly at Langwarrin throughout his junior career, but also at Dandenong Thunder.
Midfielder Irvine said a south-east Melbourne team would be a huge success.
“There’d be more than just spectators here, there’d be real fans, real supporters who’d be passionate and get behind the team,” Irvine said.
“I’ve maintained from the very beginning that I’d love to come and play in the A-League at some point. And if it happened to be out where I grew up that would be absolutely amazing.
“To come home and play is something I definitely want to be a part of.”
Bristol City defender Wright said he would love to finish his career at home having left Australia as a teenager to pursue his dreams.
“A lot of my family and friends haven’t seen me play a game,” Wright said.
“It’s always been something I’ve thought about – finishing my career back in Australia.
“To have a local team like this and have that opportunity would be quality.”