Former Manchester United midfielder Terry Cooke is almost ready to make his debut for North Queensland Fury this weekend. The 33-year old Englishman, who signed with the club yesterday as a replacement player, will be rushed into Ian Ferguson's first team if his international clearance comes through before Saturday evening.
Ferguson said that once the clearance comes through, Cooke will be straight into the team to add experience to a young midfield.
''We're hoping we'll get the clearance today, if not today then tomorrow,'' Ferguson said.
''We're a little short on experience in the midfield and I think he'll bring that to us and hopefully hold us together.
''He's got good experience, he's played at a good level. He holds the ball well, has good delivery and works hard. We did some fitness testing with him and he passed that no problem.''