North Queensland's Daal hoping for long-term stay
North Queensland Fury injury replacement player Dyron Daal is hoping to secure a permanent contract with the club. The Dutchman has come in to replace the injured Jeremy Brockie on a short-term deal (6-8 weeks) but is intent on making his stay in Townsville a long one.
''That's always going to be (the case). If you don't have any ambition you might as well just chuck it and just go and play in a pub league or something like that,'' Daal said.
''I wouldn't have come all the way over here and not want to stay here.
''There's no rivalry in this, it's a team game and, at the end of the day, it is the manager who makes the decisions, all you can do is work as hard as you can,'' he added.
''You have to make it as hard as possible for him (to leave you out) and that's it.''
Fury coach Ian Ferguson said he was confident the former Ajax youth academy player will improve and combine well with Robbie Fowler up forward.
''We're trying to get him to link up with Robbie (Fowler) in the middle of the park and let Robbie play in that hole, but it never materialised that way,'' Ferguson said in regards to the loss to Sydney FC on the first weekend.
''We were losing the ball and there were people getting in front of him.
''It's going to take him time because he's not had any pre-season, it's going to take a couple of weeks for him to get his fitness back.''