Sch­wab backs NQFC

Play­ers’ rep warns FFA of hu­man cost of Fury ex­pul­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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

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