North Queensland Fury's immediate A-League future has been assured after Football Federation Australia agreed to help local businesses fund the franchise.
Fury's participation in next season's competition had been in doubt after owner Don Matheson claimed he could no longer afford to keep the club going after it lost $2.5million AUD in its inaugural season.
However, a number of local investors have committed to investing in North Queensland and that persuaded the FFA to also provide financial support to ensure the club's continued existence.
"The future of North Queensland Fury is an important part of our national football competition and it is clear to us that the fans and the community in North Queensland have a strong desire for the club to continue to grow," said FFA chief executive Ben Buckley.
"There has been a tremendous amount of commitment and a significant level of financial support generated from people and businesses in the area but there is still more work to be done.
"The job is far from finished and we will continue to talk to potential investors and sponsors to make sure NQF is a viable proposition in the long term."
Buckley added FFA's first task was to address Fury's playing staff, "It is an immediate priority for us to work through the contractual arrangements with the players and we will be doing that in consultation with them individually and with the player's association," he said.
"NQF was an extremely successful club in its first year in the Hyundai A-League especially on the pitch and everyone involved deserves to be congratulated.
"I would particularly like to thank the original owner Don Matheson for all of his hard work and his significant financial commitment and without him there would not have been a club in the region in the first place."