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Talay named Fury skipper

Newly appointed North Queensland Fury captain Ufuk Talay will head a five-man leadership group for the upcoming A-League season.

New coach Franz Straka has picked experienced midfielder Talay to take over from inaugural skipper Robbie Fowler, who has joined Perth Glory. Talay, 34, is one of just eight players still with the club from last season and will try to lead the Fury out of a period of turmoil and into some sort of on-field success with the help of vice captain Gareth Edds and leaders Eric Akoto, Chris Grossman and Mark Hughes.

Talay said: "It goes without saying that being named captain of North Queensland Fury is a great honour and definitely a career highlight. These are exciting times for the Fury, we now have in place a new coaching team and a close group of players who are working very hard to prepare for the challenges of the new Hyundai A-League season.

"We have a very good blend of youth and experience and although I'm captain, everyone has leadership qualities and I'll be encouraging all members of the squad to play their role in leading the team, whether through voice or action."

Straka said: "Ufuk is a very experienced player who has played football at the highest level both here in Australia and abroad. He is well liked and respected by everyone associated with the club, particularly his fellow team-mates, and his strong on-field presence makes him the right person to lead the team forward."

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