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Ferguson: Fowler impressed by North Queensland Fury offer

North Queensland Fury boss Ian Ferguson is quietly confident of signing ex-Liverpool and Leeds striker Robbie Fowler. "He just came over for five days. He wanted to see lifestyle and I think he liked it," Ferguson told BBC Radio Five Live. "It's down to if he wants to move and live this lifestyle. On the football side of things he is reasonably happy, he likes what we have to offer.

"But it is down to his family and whether they want to settle. It's whether they want to live in sunshine and tropical conditions 300 days a year because we can offer that."

Ferguson said that should Fowler accept an offer from the Queensland club he will be the franchise's marquee player when the next season kicks off in August.

A-League clubs are bound by a salary cap, but they are allowed one marquee player who falls outside that restriction.

"I've got a budget and the budget is very small, but Robbie can fit outside the salary cap," Ferguson added.

"Marquee players have to be an international and a big name and Robbie is certainly that."

Ferguson also believes the less hectic A-League schedule will benefit Fowler.

Currently the season consists of just 21 regular-season games, plus play-offs, although the addition of two new teams next season will increase the regular season to 28 games.

"We play just one game a week so given that Robbie is in his 30s that will benefit him a bit more," Ferguson added.

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