Former North Queensland player Rostyn Griffiths has thrown his support behind Fury's return to the A-League.
Fury were axed in March 2011 after just two seasons in the competition because of financial difficulties.
But the club still exists, playing in National Premier Leagues Queensland as the Northern Fury, and has launched an ambitious bid to push for re-entry back into the A-League.
Griffiths, who has just returned to the A-League with Perth Glory, played for Fury in its debut season in the competition in 2009, making 23 appearances and scoring three times, including the club’s first ever A-League goal.
and the defensive midfielder is keen to see the side return to the top flight.
“I had a great time up there,” Griffiths said. “It was pretty good for me as a young player to get a lot of game time but the response we got in North Queensland from the fans, was quite overwhelming compared to the population size.
"We had a load of people coming to the games. It’s a good place to be.
“There seems to be some not bad talent coming through from there as well so it would be nice to see teams added to the league wherever it is, whether it’s Townsville or wherever when the timing’s right.”
Former Perth and Fury coach Ian Ferguson has been appointed as the Fury’s director of football and coaching and ex-FFA staffer Bonita Mersiades has been enlisted as a consultant.
The amount of juniors in the area is growing and apart from NRL side the North Queensland Cowboys and NBL club’s Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans, there are no professional sporting team in any code north of Brisbane.
Fury hope to establish W-League and National Youth League sides first and have a team in the A-League within five years.
Griffiths spent just a season in Townsville before departing to the Mariners, but loved his time at the club.
“It was with Robbie Fowler and I had a great time up there,” he said. “I was only there for nine months in the end but I had a great time.
"It’s a shame it wasn’t done right in the first place. It was unfortunate the financial situation probably crippled it because the amount of fans we were getting per capita, we were certainly getting the right responses.
“Unfortunately it became a financial issue but that’s being in this league, it’s got to be a part of it, but if you can do it right second-time round I’m sure the people will welcome back the league.”7 comments