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Questions arise over the location of the new A-League team’s first home venue


Melbourne will have a third A-League team from next season.

The FFA announced a team based in Western Melbourne had been approved on Thursday, with a team from South-West Sydney to join the following season.

The new Melbourne club will eventually have its own stadium in Tarneit, but while that is being built, it will play home matches over 50km away at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

Sportsday host Shane McInnes questioned the logic.

“If you go to Geelong for two years, you build a following in Geelong,” Shane said.

“You then take that team out of Geelong to Tarneit.

“But then there’s the other side of the coin: you take a team that’s meant to be Western Melbourne, and you base it in Geelong.

“How’s that going to work?”

Dwayne Russell agreed, saying the team should play at Footscray’s Whitten Oval for the first two years instead.

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Photo: A-League action in Geelong in January 2018 (Julian Smith / AAP)