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Jan 31, 2010

Fury don't regret McBreen departure

North Queensland coach Ian Ferguson insists he has no regrets over releasing Daniel McBreen despite the striker's red hot A-League form since departing the Fury to join Perth.

McBreen has been an instant hit with the Glory, scoring four goals in four matches at the tail of the season before taking up a contract with Central Coast next season.

The 32-year-old netted only three coals in 21 games with the Fury.

North Queensland's decision to grant McBreen a release sparked rumours of discontent within the squad but Ferguson insisted on Monday the split was amicable and there were no regrets.

"We've done it for certain reasons," Ferguson said ahead of Tuesday's rescheduled clash with Newcastle at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

"I've wished him all the best and I've said before he did a fantastic job for us.

"It's one of these things ... He could have gone there and scored no goals, but he's gone there and scored goals.

"Good luck to him, there's no malice here and he's done well, but if you look at the two goals (on Sunday) they could have been prevented very easily."

Ferguson admitted he was disappointed with McBreen's goal return in Townsville but said he filled a certain role for the team.

"Macca will always give you what he'll give you and that's that physical presence and he'll work hard and he's a pain in the backside for defenders," Ferguson said.

"Unfortunately for us he never got the amount of goals as we'd hoped but he's been improving, he's got confidence and he's playing for another team and scoring goals for them."

Ferguson said the Fury were eagerly looking forward to Tuesday's clash, postponed from Saturday due to torrential rain.

Jets coach Branko Culina has complained that his side's stay in Townsville has been extended from three days to six, leaving only three days to recover for Saturday's home match with the Mariners.

The coach believed the game could and should have been played on Sunday, when conditions had cleared up significantly.

"Branko's probably got every right to be cranky because he's been sitting in a hotel for the last three or four days," Ferguson said.

"It's not great to be there and I've been there before but he'll be looking forward the game."

The match will feature the highly-anticipated return of striker Robbie Fowler after he sat in the stands for the Fury's last game after an apparent fallout with Ferguson.

The Fury need to win their remaining three matches to have any chance of an unlikely finals berth while Newcastle are out to reclaim fourth spot.

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