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All but out of the A-League finals race, cellar dwellers North Queensland Fury reckon their focus is now on the future.

It remains to be seen whether they have one.

The Fury will rotate players in their final seven games to give all a chance to vie for contracts - starting with Saturday night's home game with Newcastle Jets.

"It's going to be a future first approach from us - there will be couple of changes in there," Fury assistant Stuart McLaren said of the Jets clash.

Unfortunately North Queensland may not be around for another season.

The Fury have been given until January 31 to raise $1.5 million and convince Football Federation Australia they should partially fund them for at least another season before the community ownership plan starts in 2012-13.

Coach Franz Straka has not thrown in the towel and he wants to see the same commitment from his players.

"Any suggestion that the North Queensland Fury have got nothing to play for in the final seven games of the A-League would be ridiculous," he said on the Fury website.

"No one at this proud club believes we should finish this campaign in last place - it would be an insult to the effort and commitment shown by each individual.

"(And) at the moment only a handful of players have contracts ...for next season.

"The last thing anyone interested in signing a player will like seeing is somebody who has thrown in the towel.

"They want to see effort, a determination to fight on even in the toughest circumstances because that is quite often the greatest indicator of a player."

The Fury would have to win their final seven matches and rely on other results to even be a chance of scraping into the top six.

It's an unlikely scenario for a side dead last with one win in their past seven games.

And they line up against a Jets outfit desperate to end a three-game losing run and revive their finals hopes.

But Straka was backing his men to go out swinging.

"It's very important to get good results and good performances - something for the fans, they are important," he said.

"We want to play attacking football and we won't stop the work, everyone has a contract here until March and they have to do their best."

Form goalkeeper Justin Pasfield is expected to be the first big name casualty under the Fury's rotation policy, with understudy Sebastian Usai set to replace him for the Jets clash.


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