Cyclone Sergio closing on Fury

Brisbane Roar striker Sergio van Dijk has issued a storm warning to North Queensland Fury as the squad prepares for the Queensland blockbuster at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.

Brisbane Roar striker Sergio van Dijk has issued a storm warning to North Queensland Fury as the squad prepares for the Queensland blockbuster at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.

Weather blowing in from tropical cyclone Neville could bring a watery element to the clash, but the Roar are hoping van Dijk-s lethal left foot will flood the Fury goal.

Despite equalling his goal tally from last season (12), van Dijk desires improvement and hasn-t given up challenging Gold Coast United-s Shane Smeltz for the league-s golden boot.

“I would like to get closer to Shane Smeltz or even get past him,” van Dijk said.

“It is going to be difficult task ... but I still believe I can add some goals to my tally and I hope to do it.”

Awards and accolades aside, van Dijk is aware the club-s finals aspirations could hang from his boot laces.

“People always watch how many goals a striker scores,” he said. “Sometimes it is even more important than how he good plays.

“But for me it is important to be important to the team.”

With both clubs still fighting for a spot in the top six, the derby in Townsville is looming as a ‘do-or-die- battle between the state rivals.

Van Dijk said the Roar were treating the match as their own personal ‘grand final-.

“It-s a big game ... sort of a grand final,” he said. “If we can get a win over them, they are in a bad position, and maybe we can get rid of them as competition.

“(But) if we lose, the play-offs might be in danger.”

A victory against the Fury would not only push the Roar further towards the finals, but return the swagger to a squad refusing to submit to a difficult year.

“Any game we have to give the full 100 percent to win, because everything is still possible,” van Dijk said.

“But I think we-re up for that and we-re going to do our best on Saturday.”