Aparently I totally missed this TWG report that a new signing to replace McKay would be signed this week, and last night Brisbane went and proved the report correct by completing the signing of Canadian Midfielder Izzey Nakajima-Farran. Farran, who is a 27 year old midfielder/winger has spent the vast majority of his career in the Danish Superliga with Vejle Boldklub, FC Nordsjælland and most recently AC Horsens, where he played 145 games in a 6 year stint in the Superliga, scoring 30 goals along the way. However the Canadian (who also has British and Japanese passports) started out his career in the Singapore S-League with Albirex Niigata Singapore FC, scoring better than a goal every other game in his 2 year stint. Interestingly however, his youth career consists of stints in Japanese and English football, so his pedigree is very high compared to previous imports to grace these shores.
Positionally, im not 100% sure that this is the signing that is needed, given the ammount of attacking midfielders/ wingers already under contract, perhaps a more traditonal centre foward would of been a better choice. I mean when you’ve got Henrique, Broich, Visconte, Danning, Fitzgerald and Meyer (who imo does his best work in wider areas) already on the roster, is this really what is required. Perhaps Postecoglou sees Meyer and even Danning as central strikers, but for mine Danning is a winger, and Meyer plays best as a wide striker. No question however that Farran will add something to the squad, and as this youtube video suggests, he definatly seems capeable of playing ‘the roar way’.
Izzey Nakajima-Farran fact file:
Age: 27 (16/05/1984)
Height: 1.78 m
International Caps: 24
Verdy Kawasaki (youth): 1993-1994
Crystal Palace FC (youth): 1994-1997
Tokyo Verdy 1969 (youth): 2000-2002
Albirex Niigata: 2003 (0 apperances)
Albirex Niigata Singapore FC: 2004-2006 (45 appearnces, 26 goals)
Vejle Boldklub: 2006-2007 (44 appearnces, 13 goals)
FC Nordsjælland: 2007-2009 (46 appearnces, 8 goals)
AC Horsens: 2009-2011 (55 appearnces, 9 goals)
The other interesting part of the annoucement is that this is the 20th and final player to be added to the roster, given the 1st line of the clubs media release.
Brisbane Roar’s playing squad has been finalised by Head Coach Ange Postecoglou with the signing of Canadian international midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran on a one-year deal.
So, assuming that this is correct, a quick look at the current setup of the current squad. For the purposes of this exercise, only players on a 1st team contract will be looked at, so players like Fitzgerald who are on a youth contract at this present time are in addition to this current setup.
Goalkeepers: Michael Theoklitos, Andrew Redmayne
Defenders: Ivan Franjic, Shane Stefanutto, Jack Hingert, Matt Mundy, Sayed Mohamed Adnan, Matt Smith, Matt Jurman
Midfielders: Massimo Murdocca, Erik Paartalu, Mitch Nichols, Luke Brattan.
Wingers/Attacking Midfielders: Issey Nakajima-Farran, Henrique Silva, Kofi Danning, Rocky Visconte, Thomas Broich
Strikers: Besart Berisha, James Meyer
I, like many others thought that young midfielder Chris Bush was on a 1st team deal, but unless the media relase is incorrect, or my maths is mistaken, the 20 man squad does not include the Globurn youngster. The squad however, is ofcourse very strong with alot of names remaining from last seasons side and the additons who have made their debuts so far have been impressive. It will be very interesting to see what happens when Berisha and Farran get into town and we start to see where all of these guys fit into Postecoglous system. From afar, the squad does seem to lack another striker, however perhaps the gaffer sees Danning or even Visconte or Henrique as players capeable of leading the line. One thing is for certian however, that with the ammount of creative and pacy players in the squad, whoever the striker is (im leaning towards Berisha getting 1st crack at the moment) will get a boatload of chances, and as alot of fans have been saying recently, In Ange we trust.
Tommy Oar scored his 1st goal for his Dutch club this weekend, here’s the goal. Congratulations to Tommy, they won the game aswell, against Roda JC.
Today the club chose to announce via their Facebook account that they have recieved a sample of the clubs new playing kit for the 2011/12 season and will reveal it to the public next week. The teaser image the club released appears to be a similar shade of orange to the current kit, which is fine by me as I quiet like the colour of the kit. If you havent seen it, the pic is here
Yesterdays Courier Mail reported that Brisbane have reached agreement with 3 young players who will occupy the 3 u/21 full time roster spots, outside of the salary cap Nick Fitzgerald formerly of Central Coast Mariners, Corey Brown from the AIS and George Lambadaridis who returns home from Europe with Club Brugge. These signings are not offical and have not been confirmed by the club, but Postecoglou said in an interview with Pauly TV that the players would likely be signed on.
Fitzgerald is probably the biggest news out of the 3 players, as he has been particularly impressive in pre-season, contributing 5 goals thus far and looking as thou he fits in very well within the Roar system. It is a bit suprising however that they only offered him this deal, as opposed to a full time deal within the salary cap, the positive side of this is however that Marco is reporting it as a 2 year deal, so Fitzy will be here in Brisbane thru until the end of the 2012/13 season. This is a very good signing, and it comes as a plesent suprise that he was able to make the grade here at the Roar, after failing to win a full time spot down at the Mariners, but he definatly seems tidy on the ball and appears caplable of playing anywhere in the midfield which adds even more depth and options for Postecoglou. Fitzgerald, who came thru the NSWIS program before joining the Mariners via Blacktown City in the NSW Premier League, and also had a loan stint in the Queensland State League that netted 5 goals, will be a very handy sqaud addition for the team this season, and we look foward to seeing him develop.
Nick Fitzgerald Fact File.
Former Clubs: Central Coast Mariners, Blacktown City Deamons, New South Wales Institute of Sport.
The 2nd of the 3 players, Corey Brown has signed his 1st professional contract, following a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport under Young Socceroos and Joeys coach Jan Versljian in Canberra. Brown, who can play as a left back or in midifeld was a recent member of the 2011 Fifa Under/17 World Cup squad and played every match in the tournament. I havent seen too much of him play, and only seen him once live at Brisbane City so its tough to judge, but he did a reasonable job in that game and looks a likely prospect for the future.
Corey Brown Factfile.
Former Clubs: Australian Institue of Sport.
The 3rd and final rumoured player in this trio is George Lambadaridis, who came to the club following a spell in Belgium with Club Brugge where he played for their academy and youth side. Unfortunatly i dont know alot about young George, besides the fact that he plays in an attacking midfield role aswell as in wide areas and has featured in the last few Roar roadshow matches, but like the others we look foward to following his progress at the club.
George Lambadaridis Factfile.
Former Clubs: Oakleigh Cannons, Altona City, Club Brugge.
The article, which unfortunatly isnt avaliable only quotes Roar boss Postecoglou as saying “were going to need a bigger squad and there’ll be opporutunites for these guys”. Which ofcourse is absolutly correct, and pretty much stating the obvious as its very very unlikely that we will be as lucky with injuires and suspensions this season as last, aswell as the additional games from the Asian Champions League. The article also goes on to speculate that the 5th and final foriegn spot could possibly be used to acquire a replacement for departed captain Matt McKay. Personally, I dont think that will happen, nor do I deem it a nessasary move with the ammount of depth in the midfield.
One other quick note, former Roar striker Alex Brosque was added to the Socceroos squad for the upcoming games as a replacement for Scott McDonald, which only serves to strenghthen the ammount of former BRFC players in the squad. He, unlike the others however should not be expecting a warm reception however as the vast majority of fans dont particularly rate Mr. Brosque following his move to Sydney (myself included) But congratulations to him…I guess.
Its been a wet and windy couple of days here in Brisbane, and to be honest i was expecting this game to be called off from the very start, but we got 45mins in this afternoon at Perry Park against the Queensland State League North All-Stars, with Brisbane leading 1-0 at half time when the game was called off, with the QSL Grand Final to follow in mind. The pitch didnt look all that bad apart from the goal mouths but with a Grand Final also on the decision is understandable, if not a little bit disappointing.
For the Roars part they played a solid 45 minites with some slick passing and movement with the vast majority of the 1st team playing the ‘game’. Sayed Mohamed Adnan made his 1st start at the club next to Matt Jurman and looked reasonably comfortable in possession and seems to be fitting in nicley to the clubs way of play. Apart from that there wasnt really too much to take out of it, besides Mitch Nichols goal on 43 minites following a good ball thru from Massimo Murdocca, Nichols rounded the keeper and calmly slotted home. I should quickly add that it was good to see Backup keeper Andrew Redmayne get another game, even thou it took me 15 minites to realise it as him, as he is completly unrecognisable with his new haircut. Its not entirely relevant but here is todays starting 11.
Subs: Acton, Hingert, Brattan, Bush, Lambadaridis, Cijak
Also, congratulations to the Sunshine Coast Fire, who won their 3rd Queensland State League Championship with a 1-0 victory over hosts Brisbane Strikers. Gareth Musson gave the Fire the lead with about 15 minites remaining to secure the victory.
Well its official then, Matt McKay is officially a former Brisbane Roar player, having overcome his final hurdle, by securing a Visa to live in the UK. McKay will however remain in Brisbane until after next weeks World Cup Qualifer against Thailand, before jetting off to Scotland via Saudi Arabia for another WCQ. The first opporunity for McKay to pull on his new jersey will be on September 10 at Ibrox against Dundee United. So with the transfer now becoming official, we here at The Roar Review thought it would be a good idea to look back upon Matt’s time here in Brisbane With the Roar.
McKay as well all know started out as one of the inaugural foundation players, and has gone on to play 131 A-League games for the Roar starting with the 1st ever game in the A-League against the New Zealand Knights way back in 2005. In that time he has contributed 18 goals for the club aswell as 26 assists. He has obviously been apart of all of the highs and lows at the club. From failing to win the Premiership on the last day against Adelaide in 2007, to beating Sydney in the semi- final series that season, and then going on to lose 2 consecutive preliminary finals against Newcastle and Adelaide. It is fitting however that McKay was around, and captain of his hometown club when they first achieved the success last season of winning the Premiership/Championship double, and hopefully he will be back in the Orange one day. Here’s a few images of McKay’s time here in Brisbane.
Socceroos coach Holger Osiek this week trimmed his squad for the upcoming 2014 World Cup Qualfiers, the squad now comprises of:
Tim Cahill (Everton), Nathan Coe (Sonderjysk Elitesport), Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam FC), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers), Adam Federici (Reading), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough), Matt McKay (Rangers), Mark Milligan (Jef United), Lucas Neill (Al-Jazira), Sasa Ognenovski (Seongham Ilwha), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Matthew Spiranovic (Urawa Red Diamonds), James Troisi (Kayserispor Kulubu), Carl Valeri (Sassuolo), Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht).
Congratulations to Devere, Kruse, McKay, Ognenovski, Sarota and Zullo especially who continue the latest trend of numerous former and current Brisbane Roar players dominating the national team. Long may it continue.