Busy week notes: Beckham, Socceroos, Paartalu, Djulbic

It’s been an interesting week around the place with rumours of a marquee signing, January arrivals and departures and Socceroos call-ups for some current and former stars. So rather than write individually about on or more of these I thought id lump them all together.


Beckham to Brisbane? Not happening.

Starting with the biggest rumour of the week and Brisbane Roar rejecting the opportunity to bid for current LA Galaxy and former England star David Beckham. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is reportedly looking to embrace ‘one last challenge’ in Australia and a host of clubs have shown interest-either as a 10 game guest player or on a longer term contract. Brisbane Roar however ruled them out on Monday from the bidding and imo they were right to do so.

The biggest reason for this is the one which I would hope lead them to ultimately make this decision, and that is the clubs philosophy as spelled out by former CEO Eugenie Buckley in a members email sent in July 2011 (yes, I kept it).

“The signing of these players (Jurman, Hingert, and Danning) continues the Brisbane Roar philosophy of identifying and developing young talent by giving them the opportunity to play at the highest level available in Australia under the best coaching staff in the competition, led by Ange Postecoglou.”

It’s a philosophy that’s brought the club many players, who’ve moved on to Europe and the national team, although id argue that isn’t something that only started once the Postecoglou revolution kicked off and could be traced right back to the Bleiberg days. That’s why David Beckham didn’t make football sense, and why im not disappointed in the decision.  Footballing reasons vs. short term economic reasons. Easy decision for a good club imo.  Oh and there’s the fact that as a player he doesn’t fit into the mobile Brisbane midfield.

The Beckham story isn’t the only transfer speculation around the traps this week with players linked in both directions. Starting with potential incomings and there’s some speculation that Rado is fed up with Matt Jurman and is looking to external options, one of which could be Guizhou Renhe defender Dino Djulbic. Djulbic, the former Gold Coast defender made the Chinese Super League team of the year would obviously be a massive upgrade at the back and provide some solidity next to Matt Smith. While the obvious thought is Rado isn’t happy with Jurman (and lets be honest- why would he be?) there’s also a chance that he’s seen Takahashi in training and NYL and believes the Japanese youngster isn’t ready for 1st team action yet. Either way Brisbane’s salary cap is reportedly full, and it would likely require somebody leaving to make room for Djulbic.



There has been some news on that front aswell this week with Erik Paartalu being quoted in the press suggesting that he’s looking for a move to Europe/Asia in January. He’d be a big loss obviously, as would Mitch Nichols who was also speculated as seeking a move to Europe. Both are off contract and it sounds as though the Roar wouldn’t stand in their way.

Brisbane Roar vice- chairman Chris Fong:
“There’s one or two players they haven’t made it a secret they’re interested in moving overseas. Erik is quite keen and we know Mitch has always been keen.” “We’re not going to get in their way if they’ve really got it in their hearts.”

Finally today Holger named his preliminary Socceroos squad for the East Asian Cup Qualifiers and it contains 3 current Brisbane players- Ben Halloran, Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic. They’ll meet up in Sydney on Monday with the squad for a 3 day training camp before the squad is trimmed to 20. If they make the final cut they’ll miss the home game against Newcastle and the away trip to Western Sydney. Im happy for the three guys to get the call up, but it severely depletes our already weak defensive ranks and the prospect of a Takahashi/Jurman central pairing isn’t too attractive. Also congrats to Matt McKay and Dario Vidosic, who both also made the squad.  So there it is, another busy week at Roar HQ, hopefully it ends with a win on Sunday.


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