North Queensland Fury is in search of a new coach with Ian Ferguson joining Perth Glory as an assistant coach.
Ferguson took the Fury to seventh place in the club’s first A-League season, but was left without a contract when the club looked like folding.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) stepped in to ensure the Fury survived, but the club is now looking for a new coach and players.
Glory coach David Mitchell says he is thrilled to have Ferguson on board as an assistant coach.
“If we want to compete with your Melbourne’s and your Sydney’s and be at the right end of the table we had to boost the coaching staff,” he said.
“When someone like that comes on the market, he’s a good friend of mine, he’s a good coach, we discussed things and the club said ‘yeah OK’ that’s going to help the players as well and help the structure of the club.”
Meanwhile, veteran Perth defender Jamie Harnwell will stay on with the club for at least another season after signing a one-year deal.
But striker Wayne Shroj has rejected a contract extension with the Glory and is set to sign with the new A-League club Melbourne Heart.
Harnwell need just seven games to break Bobby Despotovski’s record of 235 games for the Glory.
“from Bobby’s obviously a good friend of mine and a fantastic player and there’s only a couple of us who have broken that 200 barrier,” he said.
“It’s pretty exclusive company I’m in and if I get there, and hopefully I will, then it will be a real treat and something to look back on when I do finish playing.”