Canadian international arrives to complete squad.Posted: August 31, 2011
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.