Ian Ferguson is confident he has in place a plan which will see Northern Fury FC return to the A-League within five years.
The former Rangers star is the director of football and coaching of the reformed team which will compete in the National Premier League Queensland this season and he is looking to make more leaps and bounds ahead of a possible top flight comeback.
Ferguson, a Rangers Hall of Fame inductee, coached the now-defunct North Queensland Fury in 2009/10 before they were forced out of the A-League due to financial instability in March 2011.
Now, the ex-Perth Glory boss is overseeing a club full of talented youngsters with a youth structure he believes betters what some clubs currently have prompting plenty of positivity from the Glasgow native.
"The great thing here is we put this structure in place and we're probably ahead of a few teams in the A-League," Ferguson told au.fourfourtwo.com.
"When I first went to North Queensland Fury (in 2009), there was nothing underpinning the club itself.
"Fury was just set up and everything else had to be organised in time. This time the club's doing it right, going for the grassroots.
"To be honest, if we were offered an A-League position tomorrow, we wouldn't be able to do it.
"We're doing it right this time and putting the steps in place to make sure when it does come we can sustain it.
"We've got to make sure when it does come, it's done right. It wasn't done right last time."
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