Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio is remaining tight-lipped about whether Nelson has won a bid to have a team in the national football league.
Wairarapa already know their fate, saying last night they had failed to be included in next season's ASB Premiership.
Mr Miccio said that he had been contacted by New Zealand Football but said an announcement on Nelson's bid would not be made for another few weeks. "All I can say is that we are hopeful and will be making an announcement in approximately two to three weeks."
NZF chief executive Grant McKavanagh said of Mr Miccio's comments: "That's pretty much where it sits.'
"What I will confirm is that we are still in communications with Nelson regarding it. Everything is pretty imminent, we've got to get it to our players committee next week and from there it's just the board's sign-off, so it's not too far away from everything being settled."
NZF have completed a review of the national league, which has been running under a franchise format since 2004.
Five bid teams, including Nelson and Wairarapa, had lobbied for inclusion in the league after invitations from NZF but the Wairarapa United coach Phil Keinzley said nothing had changed. "They were talking about an expanded league, or the odd franchise might be put out because of poor performance, either financially or on the field, but in the end nothing's changed."
But Mr McKavanagh responded: "I wouldn't read too much into what someone else says."
The existing eight teams are: Auckland City, Waitakere United, Waikato FC, Hawke's Bay United, Manawatu, Team Wellington, Canterbury United and Otago United. Mr McKavanagh said those eight were safe for next season but would not confirm the five hopefuls had been knocked back.
"We can confirm that all the current franchises are in there," he said."We should be able to make an announcement by next week. It's been a long, drawn out process to be honest but we're getting there."
Mr McKavanagh said a draft draw was complete.
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