Pasfield to depart North Queensland Fury to join Central Coast Mariners
North Queensland Fury’s off-field woes have forced goalkeeper Justin Pasfield to sign a deal with a rival A-League club.
The Fury’s inaction regarding player payments due to financial concerns forced the 25-year old to seek an exit and he will now join Central Coast Mariners next season.
At present, the Fury cannot negotiate new contracts with their players because the club is currently owned by Football Federation Australia. Until their future is resolved, players coming out of contract are basically free game for rival clubs to pursue.
Fury chief Rabieh Krayem admitted it was disappointing that Pasfield felt the need to leave but conceded that the player has to what is best for him.
"We're very disappointed, but we respect his decision and, at the end of the day, Justin had to do what is best for him," Krayem told the Townsville Bulletin.
"We respect the way he's gone about it, he was very up front, and we will wish him all the best.
"One thing about Justin he'll do what he does best, he'll give 100 per cent and he'll give everything to make sure the Fury make the final six," Krayem concluded.