A-League boss Greg Oโ€™Rourke told FourFourTwo last week there had plenty of interest from bidders to be the 11th and 12th clubs in the competition.

Oโ€™Rourke and FFA CEO David Gallop put expansion back on the table more than a month ago, saying itโ€™ll happen โ€œsooner rather than laterโ€ with the next broadcast rights deal pending.

However, despite plenty of interest, the FFA is yet to disclose the criteria or formalise a process around A-League expansion.

Townsville-based Fury entered the A-League in 2009 but were booted out of the competition for financial reasons in 2011.

The club has re-built at NPL level in Queensland, with a long-term view of a return to the A-League.

Krayem, who was Fury chairman during their A-League demise, called on the FFA to provide some direction for clubs like his wanting to bid for a licence.

โ€œThereโ€™s been no clear direction on what the criteria is to be in an extended A-League,โ€ Krayem told FourFourTwo.

โ€œThatโ€™s been the biggest frustration for all parties. Whatโ€™s the criteria?

โ€œWhat are the boxes you need to tick to give yourself an opportunity to apply, whether itโ€™s this round or the next round of expansion?

โ€œYou could put a lot of work and a lot of planning into a licence bid but you might be ticking the wrong boxes.โ€

Krayem cited the example of licence fees when arguing it was impossible to plan for an A-League bid without clarity of process and criteria.

โ€œWe know based on the past what sort of dollars you need to run a licence,โ€ he said

โ€œBut is there any more? For example, is there going to be a licence fee?โ€

Krayem acknowledged the Fury wouldnโ€™t be ready for the next round of expansion, with the club taking a longer-term view.

โ€œThe reality is we wonโ€™t be in a position in the next round of expansion in the next 24 months,โ€ he said.

โ€œI think any organization, youโ€™ve got to have time to build the platform to tick all the boxes.โ€

He added lessons had been learnt from the clubโ€™s demise in 2011 which had already been applied to great success.

โ€œThe lessons learnt from last time is very simple, youโ€™ve got to build grass roots support which is what weโ€™re doing now,โ€ Krayem said.

โ€œYouโ€™ve got to take it from grass roots up.

โ€œThatโ€™s why itโ€™s been an important last few years, having an NPL licence and running the elite pathway program from under-12s onwards.

โ€œThe younger kids aspire to want to be playing at the highest level and youโ€™re building a solid foundation.

โ€œI think the platform for us is continuing what weโ€™re doing now and what weโ€™ve done for the past four years.

โ€œWe want to turn those youngsters playing into supporters of the game.โ€