Hopes of second coming clouded
THE door may still be open for axed club North Queensland’s A-League return but Fury boss Rabieh Krayem is unsure whether it will be in his lifetime.
Krayem believes Football Federation Australia’s decision to dump the Fury after just two seasons is a ‘‘ travesty’’ for the game’s development in the region.
Despite meetings with potential investors being postponed by heavy flooding and Cyclone Yasi, the Fury believed they had done enough to secure a one-year conditional licence and fully implement their well-received community ownership plan.
But FFA boss Ben Buckley told the Fury they were ‘‘ too big of a financial risk’’ to prop up in 2011-12.
‘‘ It’s a sad day and a very emotional day for football fans in regional Queensland,’’ Krayem said.
‘‘ My kids play it ( soccer) and I have to go home tonight and tell them that there is no Fury – that is probably going to be one of the hardest things to do.’’
Krayem l at er t ol d Fox Sports: ‘‘ There’s been a significant investment in the game up here and this isn’t going to help it. ‘‘ I think it’s a travesty.’’ If the Fury return, it won’t be under Krayem’s guidance.
‘‘ For me I have had my time in football,’’ he said.
‘‘ I’ve got no doubt a team could or would be successful here. Whether that happens in my lifetime or not I am not really sure.’’
A - L e a g u e b o s s L y a l l Gorman kept his fingers crossed for a Fury return.
‘‘ The goal has been to give every amount of oxygen possible to maintain the Fury, but it hasn’t been able to be achieved at this point in time,’’ Gorman said.
‘‘ The door’s not closed for the future.
‘‘ But we have to get on with the business of running our domestic competition.’’