A CONSORTIUM of businessmen, including a Gold Coast City Council mayoral candidate and a group of Asian investors, are in talks with FFA over assuming control of the region's A-League licence.
A new proposal has been submitted to the governing body, who are in charge of Gold Coast United following their decision to remove outspoken chairman Clive Palmer late last month.
Prominent local business identity Tom Tate, who is currently running for Gold Coast mayor and also holds equity in the Gold Coast Blaze NBL team, is part of a broad-based ownership model put forward by entrepreneur and business consultant Geoffery Schuhkraft.
It's understood there are others on the tourist strip and in Southeast Asia keen to also partially bankroll the club, in addition to a 25 percent stake to be held by the establishment of a supporters' trust.
Schuhkraft, who is the founder of talent agency International Quarterback and worked with AC Milan for three years, said he had been developing the new model over the past 48 hours in conjunction with Tate, Griffith University, Football Gold Coast and Football Queensland.
"There's definitely the parties at the table and the initial commitment at the table to give the Gold Coast community a great deal of hope," he said.
"I would defy anybody to look at what options we have and say why we can't make this happen.
"Tom is a dynamic and successful businessman on the Gold Coast. He understands the issues confronting franchises based in this market.
"Tom's very visionary when it comes to the positioning of the Gold Coast in Southeast Asia, which is the fastest growing region in world football.
"If you look at our relationship with the UAE and Qatar and so forth, they're football-crazy and they visit the Gold Coast as their preferred destination in Southeast Asian en masse every year. We believe we can integrate that into a football strategy."
Tate is a member of the Liberal National Party, who are expected to win the Queensland state election this weekend, and Schuhkraft said that association could only assist in the renegotiation of what he said was a 'prohibitive' stadium deal at Skilled Park.
In terms of overseas investment, Schuhkraft revealed there have already been discussions with a consortium of investors in Asia, while the proposal also involves possible affiliation with European clubs.
"Smart European franchises are starting to see Australia as being their business base to launch brand-building strategies into Southeast Asia," he said.
"That was certainly my point of discussion with numerous clubs in Europe two weeks ago whilst I was there."
It is believed an earlier proposal, which had arms-length financial involvement from Palmer, has been put on the backburner with the newer model now the favoured option.
The feedback from FFA would reveal whether the federation is sincere in wanting to keep a club on the tourist strip, according to Schuhkraft.
"I would find it extraordinarily hard to understand any decision that would not maintain a Gold Coast team when their long-term goals and objectives are a 14-team competition," he said.
"How can you move towards that while removing a franchise from the sixth-largest market in the country? It does not make sense, it is not prudent, it is not visionary and nor is it strategically smart.
"One would hope that they would come back with a desire to meet the interested parties at the table and do whatever it takes to work out a win-win solution that ensures the franchise is maintained on the Gold Coast."