As D-Day looms nearer for A-League expansion hopefuls, South Melbourne are positioning themselves as the best ready-made club to hit the ground running.
FFA's recently elected board is due to meet next week to make in-principle recommendation on which clubs to add to the competition, from a shortlist in six.
NSL powerhouse South Melbourne and start-up clubs Team 11 and Western Melbourne are the three bids from Victoria, the state seen as certain to be granted an additional license as the A-League grows to 12 teams.
Elsewhere, south-western Sydney and Southern Expansion are duelling in NSW, with Canberra United attempting to join from the nation's capital.
That decision could be made as soon as December 12, or in the weeks following as other conditions are met.
A complicated matrix of factors sit behind FFA's decision making; including the license fee being offered, stadiums, supporter bases and broadcast costs.
No bid ticks all the boxes, but South believe they come closest.
"We will electrify the A-League," bid spokesperson Bill Papastergiadis said.
"We're feeling confident because we're the only club that's ready to come in at a high level immediately.
"We've got the best youth program in Australia. We're five-times women's champions. And we've got the fans.
"We set all of the NSL attendance records and we're going to set them again in the A-League with derbies against Melbourne Victory and City."
Given FFA are still eager to inject teams into the competition in October next year, South Melbourne can lay sole claim amongst bidders to a ready-made stadium in Lakeside Stadium.
Behind the scenes, the battle between the three Victorian bids has devolved into a slanging match.
Bid supporters pick holes with opposing bids and slug away, including the State Government which has a major decision on its hands.
Significant investment is required for both Team 11, which needs a stadium, and Western Melbourne, which needs rail infrastructure.
While that part of the campaign amps up as a decision draw near, South Melbourne believes they've won a battle for public support.
Focus group research commissioned by the bid and conducted by Colmar Brunton reveals South is the best known and most well-supported bid, with recognition levels in Victoria that out-strip some interstate A-League clubs.
Papastergiadis said if selected, South Melbourne would work to grow members and support in the south-east region that Team 11 is claiming as its own.
"Melbourne City and Victory clubs have notably low penetration of membership in the South-Southeast region in comparison to Melbourne's other catchments," he said.
"We will add to the football pie in Victoria."