No doubt Fowler can continue to perform for North Queensland Fury
According to North Queensland Fury strength and conditioning coach Alan McCall, marquee striker Robbie Fowler should have no problem performing at his optimum level as he gets older.
Last the season, the Fury and Fowler’s first in the A-League, saw the ex-Liverpool man play the most minutes out of any North Queensland player despite calls he was out of shape and not up to it anymore.
But McCall, who served time at Scottish powerhouse Celtic in a similar role, said that the philosophy of the Fury to keep all of their players in great condition was a huge help to ageing players like Fowler and Ufuk Talay.
''Our philosophy is fit, fast and energetic but there needs to be experience . . . guys like Robbie and Ufuk Talay who can really play football,'' McCall told the Townsville Bulletin.
''Robbie last year played more minutes than anyone here, he got through fine and the feedback from him was that he was feeling good . . . there is no doubt he can continue to perform here.''
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the club following the takeover by Football Federation Australia, McCall said it was still a very exciting time for the Townsville-based club.
''It's exciting to be this involved, looking at players and if they can cope with the climate and the brand of football the Fury is trying to create,'' McCall added.
''This level of involvement has given me an entirely new perspective on the running of the club. I've had experience in elements of this before, but never to this level.
''Right now we are building a team, a team of athletic players who have the physical presence to be feared.
''Teams have to realise that Fury will be a fast outfit full of players ready to come at them.''