Fury sign 2 more players
11:04 PM Fri 30th Apr, 2010 - Admin
THE North Queensland Fury has today announced local product Matthew Ham and former premiership winner Simon Storey have signed with the club for next season.

Ham, who grew up in the Burdekin region of North Queensland, will return to his home turf in a one-season deal with the club as a goalkeeper.

Former Melbourne Victory player Storey has been enticed to North Queensland from Scotland, where he currently plays for Airdrie United in the Scottish Football League.

The two latest signings bring the number of contracted players for the new Fury to 10.

Fury Football Operations Manager Robbie Middleby said: “The new team is looking really exciting with the latest two signings, Matthew Ham and Simon Storey.

“Matthew’s dream was to come home to North Queensland to play for the Fury and we are lucky to have him. He is a quality goalkeeper and will really challenge Justin Pasfield.

“North Queensland is a proven breeding ground for quality football talent. Matthew’s signing demonstrates our commitment to supporting and growing our North Queensland talent within the side.

“Matthew trained with the Fury for several weeks last year and I was immediately impressed with his attitude and commitment.

“He is a fantastic addition for the side – he’s a young goalkeeper who is hungry to succeed at the highest level.”

Storey, who was an integral part of the Melbourne Victory premiership win in 2006/2007, is a versatile player who can play all across the back.

“Storey had some good offers from teams in Europe but we have successfully enticed him to come back to Australia and play for the Fury,” Middleby said.

“This shows the appeal of the Fury internationally – we are building an exciting youthful culture and we are home to one of the best climates in the world.

“Storey has been playing left back in Scotland but he can play centre back or right back. He’s a very versatile player who has a great deal of experience under his belt for someone under 30.”

Fury Interim CEO Archie Fraser said the new Fury was strengthening its position as a youthful and exciting team with the two latest signings.

“Matthew and Simon are both young players who have a lot to offer the new team. Matthew is a local to North Queensland and will bring a great sense of pride playing in a Fury jersey.

“Simon’s experience will provide great balance for the youthful side. He knows what it takes to win a premiership and will be a key in our defence.”

Meanwhile, the Fury is continuing its search for a new coach. The selection panel is delighted with the number of applications from coaches who have a Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification in football.

FFA National Technical Director Han Berger, former Colchester United owner Jonathan Crisp, North Queensland resident and former English first division player Peter Brine, and Fury Interim CEO Archie Fraser head up the selection panel and are meeting today to work through the applications.

The panel is seeking to appoint a coach for the team who has the credentials to lead the Fury to its first premiership.

The New Fury:

David Williams, Dyron Daal, Justin Pasfield, Osama Malik, Jack Hingert, Chris Grossman, Jason Spagnuolo, Ufuk Talay, Matthew Ham, Simon Storey


Profile: Matthew Ham

Position: Goalkeeper

DOB: 25/07/83

Playing history: First signed by the Queensland Roar for the 2007/2008 A-League season. Early in 2009 he was signed by the Fury for three weeks as an injury replacement for Justin Pasfield. In December 2009, he was re-signed by the Roar, after two seasons in the Queensland State League.

Profile: Simon Storey

Position: Left back

DOB: 5/06/82

Playing history: Storey started his senior career at Springvale City in State League 1 at aged 16. He was signed to play in the inaugural Melbourne Victory FC team for the 2005/2006 Hyundai A-League season and the following year was an integral part of the side that won the premiership in 2006/2007.
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