Hopes of sec­ond com­ing clouded

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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.’’

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