Santalab looks forward to fury

BRENDON Santalab can't wait to line up alongside Robbie Fowler at North Queensland Fury next season and revealed Socceroos defender Scott Chipperfield appears certain to join him at the new A-League club.

Santalab, who missed most of last season with a serious shoulder injury, is back in full training with Sydney FC - where he is under contract until March 30 - and is excited about moving to Townsville.

“I'm really happy with the shoulder, the surgeon did a fantastic job and I couldn't be happier with it,” said Santalab.

“With Robbie being the marquee player for our club and (Chipperfield) coming on board as well it is fantastic not just for us but for the A-League.

“I don't think we are going to be cellar-dwellers as everyone is making out and we'll be challenging at the top.”

Chipperfield, who played in the Socceroos' 0-0 draw with Japan in Yokohama on Wednesday, said this week he was ready to come back to Australia from Switzerland providing his wife could enrol at the local university.

Santalab admitted the current situation at Sydney FC, who sacked coach John Kosmina last month, was “weird” with new boss Vitezslav Lavicka not arriving until March.

“We've had a horrific year. We made some massive signings, spent a lot of money and everybody expected us to win it and here we are out of the finals,” the 26-year-old said.

“With all the changes happening now it is one of those situations as a professional where you have to get on with it. But it is weird changing coaches every year.”

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