Sans-Clive Palmer, Gold Coast are hoping FFA and A-League fans will give them another crack at the big time.
It will be no easy feat to convince a governing body that's fighting against record-low metrics and dipping crowd attendances to re-award a franchise to a club that struggled to reach 5,000 people per-game.
But Gold Coast do have a ready-to-go, rectangular stadium in Robina (25,000 capacity) and the largest population of any city not represented by an A-League club.
Club Chairman, Danny Maher, is quick to point out they also boast a duo of American investors - one of whom affiliated with Swansea City - and have garnered the support of local and state government.
“The backing of this bid includes support from local business, government, educational and the wider football community together with an ownership group that has stakes in several clubs throughout Europe and North America and is looking to expand their global reach into the A-League at the Gold Coast," he said.
"The club’s A-League ambitions have the in-principle financial support of two American investors with links to clubs around the world, and that those backers, Brett Johnson and Jordan Gardner, will support the next part of the bid process," the club's statement said.
"Johnson is co-chairman of second-tier United States Club, Phoenix Rising, and Gardner is a shareholder in Swansea City.
"Both men have extensive business associations with other influential and prominent ‘football’ focused entrepreneurs with stakes in major football clubs."
In addition to "global reach", the club is seeking to imprint itself at the grassroots, forming a partnership with a major Queensland university.
"Having also aligned with Bond University, with its international standard sports science facilities, the club is partnering with organisations that share those same intentions of growing the game," the statement continued.
"The Bond Association sees the club based within the University’s High Performance Centre in the shadows of Cbus stadium, a purpose-built stadium ready to host Hyundai A-League home games."