EXCLUSIVE: North Queensland Fury are finalising a seven-figure sponsorship deal that could guarantee the club's future before they meet Football Federation Australia next week.
FFA's CEO Ben Buckley and A-League chief Lyall Gorman are flying up to Townsville to meet club chiefs, probably on Tuesday, as D-Day looms for the troubled side.
At Christmas, the FFA assured the side that if they could raise $1.5 million for next season, the governing body would pick up the rest of any shortfall.
Fury have since achieved the near-impossible task, with firm commitments and money in the bank to match the FFA's demands.
But since then whispers coming out of the FFA's Sydney HQ have hinted the goalposts may have shifted - and the club will need to find another $2-3million to guarantee their survival.
Now though the club are in the process of putting the finishing touches on one of the biggest sponsorship deals in the country.
Fury CEO Rabieh Krayem hopes to reveal the full details after the weekend and he believes the three to five year front of shirt sponsorship deal will be enough to guarantee his club's future.
Krayem says the new deal would guarantee Fury $3million in sponsorship deals alone for next year before considering any other income streams.
"I am very, very confident," Krayem told au.fourfourtwo.com. "It's someone who has had an involvement with Fury and sees the club as a way of getting into north Australia and seeing us grow.
"The way discussions have progressed in the last 48 hours, we are confident we can get the deal done in the next 72 hours to seven days.
"Time is of the essence. This goes a long way towards adding dollars to the bottom line of Fury," "
Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer has previously sponsored Fury through his Queensland Nickel company but Krayem denied any Palmer involvement in this latest deal.
"Queensland Nickel has been a great supporter of the club, but we have been focused on what we can control oputside of that," said Krayem.
Krayem attributed the success of luring sponsors to the troubled side by the way the club has connected with the community since it joined the A-League two seasons ago.
He added: "We won the hearts and minds within the community, and we have generated more publicity than any other A-League club.
"We have respected the football community up here and earned their respect. Once you've done that, you go a long way towards getting corporate sponsors."