Brisbane add Ferreira and Petratos for 2013-14 season.Posted: June 27, 2013
Brisbane have today confirmed the arrival of two young players- Dimitri Petratos and Diogo Ferreira for the upcoming season. Both players have been training with the team in pre-season and have signed one year deals and they’ll be available for the Roar Roadshow kicking off against Lions on July 16.
Ferreira is a 23 year old utility who can play in the middle of midfield and at right fullback and provides depth to the squad. Diogo made 52 appearances for the Melbourne Victory from 2010-2013 after coming through their youth system before struggling for game time last season under Postecoglou. He’s also got experience in the FC Porto youth system as well as a few appearances for the Olyroos in their London 2012 qualifying campaign Diogo made just the 8 appearances last season before falling out of favour.
Petratos is a 20 year old attacker who can play out wide, in behind the striker and even as a striker if necessary which provides good depth in attack. He started out coming through the Sydney youth system before making 30 appearances for Sydney FC- scoring 5 goals from 2010-12 before being moved on last year. He made a surprising move to FC Kelantan in Malaysia where he apparently played 7 games –scoring 4 goals. He also has represented Australia at all Junior levels including at the 2011 U-20 World Cup.
Both players are in all likelihood back-ups, but they should hopefully be able to provide competition and they add to the squad’s young core. Their additions take the squad size to 19 players, with Kwame Yeboah and Ben Liftin as full time NYL players bringing the total to 21. Brisbane still has to add at least one more player to fulfil the minimum requirement of 20, and can add up to four more (total of 23). They also have one full-time NYL spot free. There are still likely to be a couple more signings to be added to the squad, namely another central midfielder, and probably another striker/attacking player.
Ferreira will wear the #14 shirt previously worn by Steven Lustica and Rocky Visconte last year, while Petratos takes the #23 shirt previously belonging to Anthony Proia. The current free numbers are: 4, 6, 8, 9, 17 and 21.
Current Brisbane Roar squad as at June 27th- by position and number:
Goalkeepers: 1: Theo, 20: Acton.
Defenders: 2: Smith, 3: Stefanutto, 5: Franjic, 13: North, 15: Donachie, 19: Hingert, 26: Brown.
Midfielders: 11: Miller, 12: Davies (Doe), 14: Ferreira, 16: Dong-Hyun, 18: Brattan, 22: Broich, 25: Lambadaridis, ??: Liftin.
Forwards: 7: Berisha, 10: Henrique, 23: Petratos, 29: Yeboah.