SORRENTO Football Club would welcome Perth Glory to Percy Doyle Reserve.
As the Weekender revealed online yesterday, Joondalup councillors on Tuesday night endorsed a proposal to enter into discussions with the Glory to establish a training and administration facility at the Duncraig reserve.
About 40 sporting and community groups use Percy Doyle Reserve but the Glory base would be part of a redeveloped southern portion of the reserve, separate from Sorrento FC.
Sorrento club secretary Kerry Slater said they had been ‘in the loop’ since the ‘idea was first raised probably about 10 months ago’.
‘It’s all friendly and certainly our club is a big supporter of Perth Glory,’ he said.
‘It’s just a question of sitting down as obviously Sorrento FC is not to lose its identity. It’s going to be two separate organisations operating on the same block of land.
‘I can only see it as positives and a win-win situation for our sport and for both clubs.
‘I’m sure we’ll work out such an arrangement that we’ll all be happy with.’
Mr Slater said despite both clubs competing in the National Premier Leagues, they had ‘no big conflicts with each other’.
‘Having another club on your doorstep, as long as you get along, that’s fine,’ he said.
‘Do we compete for players? Yes we do in the NPL.
‘Are Glory the bigger brother on the same block? Yes they are, certainly in the face of the public, but we’re a well-run, organised club.’
Sorrento, Glory and the City scheduled a meeting for last night to discuss the next step.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said there was a strong football culture in the region and the location was ideal because it was close to Perth CBD and the Joondalup city centre.
‘There are also significant benefits for the City as home training base of one of Western Australia’s premier sporting organisations,’ he said.
Glory chief executive Jason Brewer said the partnership would allow the club to accelerate its investment in youth development and overall football strategy.
‘We believe this is an excellent opportunity to establish a training base for all our junior and National Youth, National Premier, and A-League and W- League teams to be based in one central location,’ he said.