Teams work­ing on Sipi’s re­lease

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

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.’’

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