The former NSL heavyweights have been one of the most vocal clamourers for A-League expansion, seeking a return to their glory days, where South Melbourne were at the pinnacle of Australian football.

While an A-League side in South Melbourne could create a crowded Melbourne market, with three sides operating within relatively short distances of each other,Β Papastergiadis toldΒ The World GameΒ the A-League needs a side with their "illustrious background".Β 

β€œThe A-League needs teams like us, absolutely," he said.Β 

β€œThe ratings are down and crowds are down and we can play our part in turning that around.

β€œIf you look at our TV numbers in reaching the semi-finals of the FFA Cup last season, they were equivalent, if not higher, than many of the A-League games.

β€œThe bottom line is that the competition needs the vitality and credibility offered by a club with our illustrious background coming in and performing a role in bringing new energy and excitement.

β€œI am in regular contact with both David Gallop and Greg O’Rouke at the FFA and have a good appreciation of the challenges and opportunities an expanded A-League presents.”

As part of their expansion claims, South Melbourne have recently formed a connection with Chinese Super League club Guanghzou R&F and invested in the Australia-China Football Development Foundation.

Dandenong and Geelong have also been touted as potential candidates for Victorian expansion, while Brisbane City and Southern Expansion are other high-profile bids in preparation for FFA's 2019/20 deadline.Β