Teams working on Sipi’s release
RAZORBACK and Fury management are working overtime to ensure Lorenzo Sipi is cleared to play in the State League.
While the North Queensland A-League club is technically no more, Sipi remains contracted until March 31, meaning he requires a full release or loan permission to represent the Pigs in Saturday’s season opener. Razorbacks coach Ken Mitchell said everything possible was being done to make him available to clash with Bundaberg.
‘‘ I’d say he’s about 75 per cent there, it’s just the paperwork – we’d need it finalised by Wednesday afternoon,’’ he said. ‘‘ They ( need to) come to an agreement between the club and Lorenzo that they can cease ( his Fury contract) early and pay him out, so he can sign with us. Robbie ( Fury football operations manager Middleby) is trying to do that for us. They have been very helpful and they’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.’’
Middleby confirmed all avenues were being explored to free Sipi from the remainder of his contract.
The Razorbacks are desperate to have Sipi, who played a handful of A-League games this year, available, especially as they are about to head into the season on the back of a disrupted buildup.
As well as being repeatedly forced off training grounds by bad weather, they’ve had injury and unavailability to contend with. However Mitchell remained optimistic a strong campaign was ahead. The Razorbacks rounded out their pre-season with a 2-1 loss to the Whitsunday Miners on Sunday.
‘‘( Whitsunday) have bolstered their squad very well this season and have been able to train very regularly, so considering all the situations that we’ve had I was very happy with how the boys went,’’ Mitchell said.
‘‘ There was a bit of rust . . . but as the game went on we got better and better . . . so I think we’re in a good situation when considering we’ve only had about a third of our ( scheduled) preparation.’’