Primeland Group-led consortium confirmed as new owners of Perth Glory

Primeland Group-led consortium takeover of Perth Glory

The Australian Professional Leagues (APL) has today confirmed that a Primeland Group-led consortium is the new owner of Perth Glory Football Club.

Within an 11-week process that started from July 2023, the APL has identified Primeland Group as the successful bidder to takeover Perth Glory’s licence and club ownership.

The Primeland Group-led consortium is headed by Robert Brij and John Nekic, who will be directly involved in the running of Perth Glory.

A business magnate, Brij is chairman of Primeland, a developer specialising in building and investing in sustainable and visionary projects.

Nekic will be the Executive Chairman-elect of Perth Glory and was involved in the bid alongside Primeland Group. John is an entrepreneur who’s been associated at various levels of Australian football for over four decades, holding a range of roles as Chair, CEO, Committee Member and Adviser.

Primeland Group is an organisation with worldwide links, having a presence in Australia, Singapore, UK, India, UAE and Europe. Their portfolio of work features real estate, hotels, business parks, luxury residential developments, private equity, movies and media production.

In an official media announcement, all key stakeholders spoke about the new era this ownership represents.

Australian Professional Leagues CEO, Danny Townsend:

“Perth Glory is one of Australia’s oldest professional football clubs and we are pleased to welcome Robert Brij and the Primeland Group to the A-Leagues as the club enters a new era.

“The incredible volume of interest during the bidding process for the licence is testament to the opportunity that exists for football in Western Australia. Together with the recent announcement of the preferred bidder for Auckland’s expansion team, the strength of interest in the A-Leagues is stronger than ever both domestically and internationally.

“We are grateful to the Western Australian Government for its strong support during this transition period and into the future. I also want to acknowledge and thank the fans for their passion for the Glory and club management, staff, players and coaches for their dedication and commitment.

“The club has been focused on their preparation for the 2023-24 season and has already kicked off the women’s season with a win in its opening game. We wish the new owners, the club and Perth Glory fans all the best for the seasons ahead.”

Perth Glory Owner, Robert Brij: 

“We are honoured to have been handed this great responsibility, acknowledging we are just the third ownership group to lead the club in 27 years.

“We believe in the potential of football, the potential of the A-League and particularly in the potential of Perth Glory.

“At its best, Glory was a representation of Perth and WA, and we are eager to reconnect, especially with the fans, and bring everyone along for the journey in what we believe will be an exciting future for the club.”

Perth Glory Chairman Elect and Owner, John Nekic:

“We are energised by the support of the WA State Government and Local Councils and their desire to engage and work with us on helping Glory realise its full potential.

“Perth Glory’s role in the history of Australian football is profound, born from the inspiration of the Perth Kangaroos, and played a key role in the formation of the A-League. We want to continue that trailblazing spirit. In the first instance, we are eager to engage, listen and understand the opportunities that exist for Glory.”

Formal completion is scheduled to take place in early November. Full licence approval is subject to successful completion of the necessary regulatory processes by Football Australia (FA).

Perth Glory’s opening match in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men is against Newcastle Jets on Sunday October 22 at 4:45pm (AWST) 7:45pm (AEDT). In the Liberty A-League Women, Perth Glory won their opening match, and will play the Newcastle Jets on Sunday October 22 at 2:00pm (AWST) 5:00pm (AEDT) in a double header at HBF Park in Perth.

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Newcastle Jets secure A-League future with new owners confirmed

Newcastle Jets have confirmed Maverick Sports Partners as the Club’s new owners. This ownership, subject to final approval from the APL and Football Australia, will launch a “new era” for the Jets under MSP ownership.

This massive announcement comes not long after Australian Professional Leagues chairman Stephen Conroy failed to guarantee Newcastle’s future only three months ago.

The statement said that Maverick Sports Partners have confirmed an agreement to acquire the Newcastle Jets Football Club and are now deeply focused on implementing their plans to bring long term stability and success to this Club.

The Group lead by experienced sports administrator Maurice Bisetto who played a major part in the establishment of Western United FC in the A-Leagues.

Maverick Sports Group is an Australian sports consortium based out of Wetherhill Park in Sydney’s South-West.

Newcastle Jets CEO Shane Mattiske confirmed the significant news.

“Today is a hugely significant day for this Club and this community, as we confirm Maverick Sports Partners as the new owners of the Jets,” said Mattiske in a club statement.

“Over the last three years, we have built a strong foundation for the future of this football club, and it is exciting to be beginning a new era with incoming owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this Club, with this community and with football as a whole.

“Throughout our process, Maurice Bisetto, the consortium representative, and his partners have demonstrated a deep understanding of football and how to bring success. They also understand this community and their plans are very much aligned with the work that is already underway. I know the Group will bring positive new thinking, new connections and a wealth of experience that will drive the growth of this Club moving forward.

“With this transition to a permanent ownership structure, it is important to acknowledge the support that the outgoing ownership group has provided to the Club over the last three and a half years. These owners believed in the importance of this Club to this community and to the A-Leagues’ competition as a whole.

“They have played a hugely significant role in the history of this Club and on behalf of all fans and stakeholders of the Jets I want to acknowledge the commitment and contribution they have made to us all. Their huge support of this Club will forever be remembered.”

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto is determined to connect with the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Northern NSW Community.

“We believe in this Club, the A-Leagues and its players and we’re determined to build success for the Jets and this region,” said Bisetto in a statement.

“We have been impressed by the strength of football here in this region. We know there is a strong historical fanbase and a strong participation base here and we want to bring all of these people together for our Men’s and Women’s games.

“Our team at Maverick Sports Partners are absolutely committed to, and very excited, about the opportunity that exists here at the Newcastle Jets. We see this as the beginning of a new era for the Newcastle Jets and look forward to building a truly great Club with the support of this community.”

This news is huge for the league and the Jets financially, with the club no longer being a financial responsibility for the four other A-League clubs that funded them (Sydney FC, Western Sydney, Western United and Wellington Phoenix).

The Jets can easily recruit players and rebuild to become a stronger unit on the field whilst securing stability off it, and the foundation A-League club with a healthy fanbase and great location can continue to exist.

Iconic Lambert Park re-opens after $2m refurbishment

Lambert Park, home of the APIA Leichardt Football Club, officially re-opened on the weekend after a successful $2m refurbishment.

The extensive investment for the iconic local club includes:

– Replacement of the all-weather playing surface

– Improved drainage

– New concrete edge, stairs and fencing around the perimeter

– Improved access with a new ramp to allow access on the field

The ground is gradually improving to become one of the premier NPL surfaces in the country and this is another one of many recent upgrades helped by the commitment of the Inner West Council.

Currently the ground has two main stands on either side of the playing surface. In the southern stands, there are dressing room facilities, a social club with views of the game, press facilities and media facilities.

On Sunday, the new look Lambert Park was the home for the APIA Leichardt vs Gladesville Ravens NPL Women’s game, and the day was spent in celebration of the refurbishment, as the club organised an event.

The event included an official ceremony by Inner West Council pre-game, free ice cream and activations which drew a decent crowd to the game.

APIA posted an update regarding Sunday’s re-opening.

“Lambert Park was filled with Maroon and Blue as over 400 predominantly female footballers celebrated the $2 million Lambert Park upgrade,” APIA confirmed on their social media accounts.

“The day was filled with some fantastic football and some great activations and enjoyed by all.

“The clubs would also like to thank local clubs Balmain & District Football Club, Leichardt Saints and opponents on the day Gladesville Ravens Women’s NPL football for supporting the day.

“It was a special day for football in our community.”

Lambert Park is an iconic ground that has seen some of Australia’s best names start their careers there since it was first used in 1954.

APIA Leichardt Football Club has produced more Matildas and Socceroos than any other club in Australian history.

The ground gets another much deserved upgrade and will continue to host NPL NSW matches across all age groups in both men’s and women’s competitions.

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