CHALLENGING PERIOD: Toowoomba's Daniel Bowles
CHALLENGING PERIOD: Toowoomba's Daniel Bowles Dave Noonan

Future hangs in the balance

THE playing future of former Toowoomba junior Daniel Bowles hangs in the balance after Football Federation Australia yesterday terminated Clive Palmer's Gold Coast A-League licence.

FFA chairman Frank Lowy announced yesterday Palmer's licence had been revoked following what he described as "flagrant disregard" for A-League rules.

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Palmer has come under fire over the past month for numerous well-publicised stands against the FFA.

Now Bowles, a former the St Albans and Souths Hawks player, and his Gold Coast teammates face an uncertain future.

Bowles moved to the Gold Coast in the off-season from rivals Brisbane Roar in a bid to secure an opportunity in the A-League.

He started the season in Gold Coast's youth league team before earning a call-up to the A-League squad where he made his debut off the bench against Adelaide just before Christmas.

The 20-year-old defender then secured his first start in the A-League last month where he made an instant impression earning man-of-the-match honours in his first start.

The Chronicle spoke with Bowles soon after yesterday's announcement when he said the club was meeting with players at 5pm.

Bowles's father, Lloyd, had not heard from his son last night when he spoke with The Chronicle.

Meanwhile, A-League boss Lyall Gorman contacted Gold Coast captain Michael Thwaite in the Socceroos' camp as he attempted to ensure the United team plays out the season.

Gorman rushed to the Gold Coast yesterday to organise contingency plans as FFA terminated billionaire United owner Clive Palmer's A-League licence.

Gorman told reporters at United's Skilled Stadium home ground it was difficult to say whether there's any long-term future for an A-League franchise on the Gold Coast.

But his pressing priority was to ensure last-placed Gold Coast played out its remaining four fixtures to protect the integrity of the competition.

FFA has indicated it is ready to pay the Gold Coast players itself to finish the season's commitments.

Gorman said he'd had a brief discussion with United coach Michael Mulvey, who took over after Palmer sacked Miron Bleiberg a week ago, and would speak with Gold Coast players today.

"The major priority at the moment is completing the end of the season for the sake of the players and the sake of the opposing teams as well," Gorman said.

"My priority really is about the footballers, the fan base, the sponsors and so on."

The worst case scenario would be having Gold Coast United withdraw from remaining matches with opposing teams awarded points by default, but the FFA was confident that could be avoided.

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