Season Preview: Right Full-BacksPosted: September 24, 2013
In the lead-up to season 9 of the A-League we’ll be doing an extensive preview of the Brisbane Roar squad position by position examining the clubs options- starting today were taking a look at the right-backs.
The Starter: Jack Hingert.
Not many people would have predicted this 12 months ago, but Jack will be the preferred option on the right side of the back four this coming season- in large part because of Ivan Franjic’s likely move further up the park. Hingert, 22, racked up 22 appearances last season, with 17 of those in the starting line-up and coming towards the end of the season getting just sky of 1600 minutes of game time for the campaign. It could have been more however it weren’t for injury.
This is a really big season for Jack who’s been in and around the A-League now since 2009 with the North Queensland Fury- this is however the first time he’s been a regular from the start of the season. Jack of course has all the ability to be a fine full-back in this league, and has been more than a little unlucky with a chronic ankle injury hampering his progress. It forced him to miss a month of last season before also going down in the elimination final in Adelaide, and of course it caused him to miss out on a bench spot in the clubs 2nd Grand Final win in 2012. The spot this season seems to be his to lose, hopefully he can stay injury free for the season.
The back-up: Diogo Ferreira.
It could be Ivan Franjic, but I get the feeling that Mulvey would very much prefer to keep Ivan further up the park given his exploits late in the year, and Diogo has filled in admirably at the right-back slot in the pre-season. Diogo, 23, signed for Brisbane from Melbourne Victory in the close season and is set to fill something of a utility role in the squad this year with his ability to play both as a holding midfielder and a right full-back. Last season Diogo made just the 8 appearances – no goals, 3 yellow cards- for the Victory before falling victim to the Postecoglou revolution in the Victorian capital. Despite being an afterthought in Melbourne last season, Ferreira has 52 A-League games to his credit -2 goals- and 7 games for the Olyroos in their London 2012 campaign. He also has Asian Champions League experience from 2010 and should prove to be a capable back-up when called upon. He could end up being the utility player off the bench if that’s the way Mulvey chooses to operate the bench, but he’ll also probably feature intermittently in the youth side.
Last season in the youth league, the right back slot was something of a revolving door with countless players getting a chance there- either to gain fitness for the 1st team squad, or simply to gain some experience at the youth league level. The two most prominent in the position were Kenneth Douglall –now too old for the NYL, more of a centre midfielder and now Brisbane City player-, and Cameron Crestani – versatile defender who may yet feature for the Roar youth again this season but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another option in this years squad. He’s nowhere near ready however.
Brisbane has a solid stable of options at right full-back heading into the new season, with Jack Hingert being more than capable of continuing his solid form from the end of last season. Ferreria should prove to be an adaquate squad utility player, and if all else fails they can revert back to the league’s best right back in Ivan Franjic. Not a bad fall back plan at all.
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