Thomas Kristensen (ADO Den Haag), Joey Katebian (Melbourne Victory), Brett Holman (free agent), Kye Rowes (Palm Beach United), Connor O’Toole (Adelaide United), Jacob Pepper (Western Sydney), Manuel Rodriguez (Mallorca)
Corona, James Donachie, Henrique, Devante Clut, Shane Steffanutto, Jerome Polenz, Jean Carlos Solorzano, Steven Lustica, Javier Hervas
The Roar had a very impressive 4-0 win over the Glory with final preparations commencing. Brandon Borrello assisted twice as Jamie Maclaren, Dimi Petratos and Thomas Broich all found the net. It was a pleasing turnaround as last month Brisbane fell 2-0 to Perth in the FFA round of 32. A brace to Maclaren and another goal for Broich saw the Roar winners on Saturday 3-1, over the NPL Select U23s.
Their pre-season fixture with the Mariners was called off due to bad weather.
John Aloisi arrived last season all the pressure heaped on him following a poor spell in charge at Melbourne Heart. But a sparkling season, led by Jamie Maclaren with 20 goals, helped the Roar to a third place finish, behind champions Adelaide by just one point. They have lost some serious quality in Corona, the dynamic Henrique and Jerome Polenz, but have brought in Danish Kristensen, former Socceroo Brett Holman and Spaniard Rodriguez. Aloisi faces the weight of expectation this season as anything less than top three would be failure.
Victory (home), Jets (away), Mariners (away), Glory (home).
Predicted Round 1 Side
Bowles, North, DeVere, Hingert
Kristensen, McKay, Holman
Borrello, Maclaren, Broich
Lots of options from the middle of the pitch onwards. Oar has had precious little game time and could start from the bench, while new signing Rodriguez is doubtful to start against the Victory on October 7.
Even at a princely $310k, striker Jamie Maclaren looks to be worth every penny. Knocking home 20 goals last season was a terrific return, and he got some deserved Socceroos caps as a result of his hot form. He’s still only 23 and will be Brisbane’s focal point once again.
Personally, I’m very excited to see the return of Brett Holman (MID, $270k), after what looked to be an early football grave. However, he screams out as a fantasy trap at this stage. It’s a lot to pay for someone who isn’t guaranteed to score heavily.
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