North Queensland Fury boss Ian Ferguson is upbeat over their chances of landing FC Basle wing-back Scott Chipperfield.
"Weâ€™re hopefully very close with Scott. I think everything has been agreed and now itâ€™s down to lifestyle change for him and his wife and his kids," Ferguson told the Cairns Post.
"If Scott agrees to come thatâ€™s what it will be down to.
"Iâ€™m reasonably happy with how negotiations went and Iâ€™m reasonably happy with the feedback Iâ€™m getting, but Iâ€™ve had players before say they would come and have them disappear off the radar at the last minute.
"But Scottâ€™s an honest boy and open with his beliefs with where he wants to be with his career.
"I think the A-League would be fantastic for him at this time of his career."