Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bounce of Ball Goes Stefanutto's Way

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bounce of Ball Goes Stefanutto's Way

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WHAT a difference a season has made for former Socceroos defender Shane Stefanutto.

Last year he was facing a fate worse than his serious knee injury Co his cash-strapped club North Queensland Fury being cut from the A-League.

Barely a year later, Stefanutto is contemplating the prospect of clinching Brisbane Roar's maiden championship in front of an expected 50,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

C[pounds sterling]All things happen for a reason. It was tough with injury and the football situation at the Fury last year,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]It's just been wonderful being back in Brisbane. I guess I really have landed on my feet.C[yen]

When the dust settled on his potentially disastrous 2009-10 season, a recovering Stefanutto (pictured) linked with the Roar, and the Fury lived on. But history shows North Queensland's lasted one more season before Football Federation Australia finally cut the cord on the financially embattled franchise. …

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