IPSWICH councillor David Morrison is leading the charge to bring a National Basketball League side to the city for the 2015-16 season.
What months ago may have seemed like a pipe dream is firming as a major opportunity, with Cr Morrison backing a joint Ipswich/Logan side.
Cr Morrison's quest received a boost yesterday when NBL chief executive officer Fraser Neill told the QT that Ipswich was "definitely in the mix" for a team.
The National Rugby League has snubbed its nose at expansion and put the Western Corridor licence bid on the backburner, but the NBL has given Ipswich a window to make a compelling case for a national side.
"My desire is that a child has a pathway in Ipswich to play basketball from under sevens right through to a national team without leaving the city's borders," Cr Morrison said.