Cernak’s decision to join Melbourne Victory raises ire from North Queensland Fury

Isaka Cernak’s decision to sign a contract with Melbourne Victory has angered his current club, North Queensland Fury.

Isaka Cernak’s decision to sign a contract with Melbourne Victory has angered his current club, North Queensland Fury.

The promising 21-year old winger will remain at the Fury until the end of the season before taking up a two-year deal with the Victory but his choice to jump ship has raised the ire of assistant coach Stuart McLaren, who feels he has disrespected head coach Franz Straka.

"Franz is particularly disappointed, more disappointed that Isaka hasn't spoken to him," McLaren told the Townsville Bulletin.

"He (Straka) feels that he should have been the first port of call and I've got to say I agree with that. Isaka has shown a lack of respect to the position of head coach.

"It's not an easy position to be in, but that's where you hope the bond between coach and player is strong enough that the player will feel compelled to speak to him first and seek his counsel."

But Cernak defended himself, saying the club was well aware of Melbourne’s interest.

"For me, I wanted it to be as personal as possible," Cernak said.

"This is the biggest decision I've had to make in my career.

"The club knew I had been contacted, it wasn't a secretive thing that was going on. But at the same time it was me making a decision for myself and I didn't want to be influenced by what people had to say."