Fowler named North Queensland captain

North Queensland Fury have named marquee player Robbie Fowler as the club’s inaugural captain.

North Queensland Fury have named marquee player Robbie Fowler as the club’s inaugural captain.

The former Liverpool star was announced today as the fledgling club’s leader despite calls to let him focus on scoring goals.

Fury coach Ian Ferguson said the decision to appoint Fowler was made tough by the amount of leadership within the playing squad.

“It was a very tough decision because there are so many players in this team that show leadership qualities,” Ferguson said.

“Fowler and Middleby really stand out the way the other boys relate to them on and off the pitch – that’s important.

“There were a number of players who were in my thoughts but I had a chat to Robbie [Fowler] and asked him about the captaincy and I was pleased with what he thought he could offer above being the Fury’s marquee player.

“Robbie Middleby was another who I’ve thought about as captain or vice-captain from the start and he’s also given me a commitment to be the one the players can go to with anything they need to discuss.”

Fowler said he was surprised and honoured.

“It wasn’t something I came here expecting to have but it’s a great honour,” Fowler said.

“Brand new team, brand new manager, so to be named as a captain is a great honour and a great achievement.

“I’ve played football for a living for a long time now and it’s something I love doing and as far as I’m concerned there’s no pressure on me or any of our players we’re here to enjoy the football and do as well as we can.

“I can be vocal in the dressing shed and anything I can give to the younger players or even the more experienced players I will.”