The new western Sydney soccer franchise has pulled of a significant signing, securing the coaching services of former Australian Socceroo Tony Popovic.
A 58 game international veteran, Popovic had been making a name for himself in the English football ranks as an assistance coach at League Championship side Crystal Palce - where he also spent five years as a player.
His credentials were on display for all to see this year when he helped guide Crystal Palace to the Carling Cup final.
However, the decision to be handed the number one job and return to where he grew up, western Sydney, proved to be the perfect lure.
He may have put the ball into the back of the net eight times during his international career, now he has his sights set on a more immediate goal.
He must construct a side that can not only produce success in the A-league, but also one that can win over fans in the sporting spoilt western Sydney.
The first win for AFL side the Greater western Sydney Giants two weeks ago, no doubt recruited some new AFL fans.
However, western Sydney traditionally is a rugby league stronghold.
One third of registered soccer players in 2011 hailed from western Sydney - a figure in between 50,000 and 60,000.
If Popovic and the new franchise are to be successful, they will need everyone of those registered player’s support.
Football Federation Australia will be desperate to not see a fourth A-league team fail.