Northern Fury has enlisted the support of another high-profile football figure – this time FOX Sports Simon Hill who is a ‘prize’ in a money-can’t-buy competition.
As North Queensland Fury, the club took part in the A-League for two seasons until FFA decided three years ago to withdraw support for it.
“Since then, the club has done the metaphorical picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off and starting all over again,” says Fury Chairman, Rabieh Krayem.
“It’s too important for football in Australia to ignore the entire region north of Brisbane, so we’re working hard to build this club the right way – from the ground-up – so we’re ready for the A-League next time it’s ready to expand in four or five years time.”
Northern Fury also wants a berth in the W-League and the National Youth League (NYL) before then.
“It’s phenomenal just how popular football is with girls and women up here,” he says. “Our only issue now is that we can’t get enough qualified coaches but the demand is certainly there and we’d love to have a team in the W-League as early as next season if FFA will permit it.”
Krayem said the club has had initial discussions with FFA and has tabled “an attractive proposal for our admission” but FFA is currently reviewing the operations of both the W-League and NYL.
In the meantime, Northern Fury wants people to join the club and its campaign and has developed a range of membership packages to attract fans from far and wide as well as North Queenslanders who want to see the region part of the national footprint for the sport again.
FOX Sports Simon Hill joins other recent high profile football personalities in Frank Farina and Craig Foster as a ‘Fury Friend’.
Simon Hill will have lunch with the winner and three friends of Fury’s competition – and talk all things football – which requires entrants to respond to a few questions about Northern Fury. The competition is open to entrants from anywhere in Australia.
NOTE: Entry details are available from Northern Fury’s Facebook page or Twitter account.