North Queensland Fury coach Ian Ferguson is going on a meet-and-greet tour next week. The former Scotland international is heading to the Far North on February 10-11 to spend time with Mareeba-based Queensland State League side the FNQ Bulls before travelling to Cairns the following day.
Ferguson's trip to the warmer half of the state will follow visits south in the preceding week to Mackay and Rockhampton, all of which is considered part of the Fury's zone.
With countless new faces to see and hands to shake, Ferguson is enthusiastic about the journey awaiting him.
"I'm really looking forward to it. It's a chance for me to get up there and meet the football coaches and the football teams," Ferguson told the Cairns Post.
"I want to let the players know and show them that there is a pathway there to the A-League and that we will be having scouts at their games and anyone who is recommended to us, we'll be having a look at.
"The support we've been getting from the community has been excellent. We've had a lot of people wanting to help us out."
He added: "In the past players have had to go down south to make it but now they can stay up here.
"I would love to be able to develop local talent and get it on the park. Developing those pathways is a way to build a strong relationship with the local football community.
"That's one of my biggest goals."