Schwab backs NQFC
Players’ rep warns FFA of human cost of Fury expulsion
BRENDAN Schwab wants FFA to consider the carnage that would be inflicted on lives before they drop an axe on the Fury today.
The Professional Footballers Australia CEO yesterday sent a stark reminder of the human cost should the club disappear, as 16 players with mortgages, bills and many with families are left unemployed.
‘‘ Players make a very big decision to sign with ( NQFC) because it does involve them . . . relocating with their families, into the area . . . it’s dragged on for a very long time ( and) it’s been very destabilising,’’ Schwab said.
‘‘ A failure to continue in North Queensland would be very, very difficult for the players given that it would see a reduction from the number of teams from 11 to 10. The competition can sustain 11, if not 12 teams.’’
FFA executives arrive in Townsville today to again go through North Queensland’s finances and, potent i a l l y , m a k e a m u c h - a w a i t e d decision.
While Fury management remain staunch they’ve done everything asked to justify retention, there’s still a feeling of impending doom.
It’s an all too familiar tale for Schwab, who had to fight for Fury players that lost their jobs following the club’s initial near collapse.
Having boldly expanded into NQ two seasons ago, Schwab said it was FFA’s responsibility to finish what they started.
‘‘ FFA . . . wanted to build a premier national football competition that had the strongest national footprint of all the sports and sometimes when you pursue a vision the going gets tough,’’ he said.
‘‘ We’ve seen that with other sports, but AFL is the sport that is the strongest at the moment because it stuck with its vision.’’
Nevertheless, Schwab said he had told his long list of clients to brace for the worst.
‘‘ We’ve advised the players to plan