Brisbane announce 2013-14 Youth squadPosted: October 24, 2013
Brisbane have today unveiled their squad that will compete in the 2013-14 NYL season. 9 of the 15 have featured in the NYL previously for the Roar, with the majority of last seasons standouts returning to the side. The squad is headlined by Kwame Yeboah, who is expected to start upfront tomorrow night in the A-League. Chalmers (GK), Borrello (FW), Jackson (CB), Liftin (CM),Theodore (FW) and Yeboah (FW) whom were standouts in the previous campaign have all returned for another, and have all featured throughout the preseason campaign against the local clubs. They’ll be joined by midfielder Devante Clut, who was apart of the Nike ‘The Chance’ academy program which brought Tom Rogic to prominence, and featured in the pre-season also, and NPL Queensland double winning right winger Jai Ingham.
Amongst the more notable changes from last season are the departures of Ross Archibald, Kenneth Dougall, Anthony Proia and Matthew Thurtell, all of whom were regulars last season. Archibald won the clubs youth player of the year award before being released and trialled with Heart in the pre-season, while Proia was released from his contract just weeks into Mulvey’s reign despite being a regular scorer. Dougall meanwhile was most noted for his versatility and was a favourite of Sime last season in his 4th year in the youth squad, while Thurtell came in late in the piece and looked decent.
The elevation of Corey Brown and George Lambadaridis, along with the departure of Nick Fitzgerald has opened up some full time NYL openings, two of which have been taken by Kwame Yeboah and Ben Liftin. There is a maximum of 3 so there’s a chance one of the others has taken a full time NYL spot as well. The squad can be supplemented by A-League squad players, however there canonly be a maximum of 3 players over the age of 21. Julius Doe, Diogo Ferreira, Dimitri Petratos, James Donachie, Corey Brown and Matt Acton are all likely to feature at various stages this season to keep themselves sharp for the first team, while Kofi Danning may join them if he can get himself fit by the end of the season. There has also been changes at the coaching level with John Sime moving into more of a talent identification role, with former W-League head coach and A-League assistant coach Jeff Hopkins taking the reigns of the youth side. He’ll be assisted by Joel Smith, and former Newcastle and Socceroos midfielder –now Western Pride coach- Kasey Wehrman.
Despite never winning the NYL competition, Brisbane have always played attractive football and have developed some stars of the A-League and now the national team. Players like Chris Grossman, Adam Sarota Mitch Nichols, Tommy Oar, Matt Acton, James Donachie, Nick Fitzgerald, Jason Geria, Ross Archibald and Kwame Yeboah to name just a few have all excelled in the youth competition over the years in the youth league and the majority have gone on to have solid careers as a professional. The season starts this Saturday down at Goodwin Park, Yeronga (Olympic FC) against Melbourne Victory (2.30 kick-off), and it’s always a good afternoon of football in the youth league. Best of luck to the youth side, and if you can’t get down to the games, we’ll bring you the news and results as the season progresses.
Brisbane Roar NYL squad 2013-14:
Coach: Jeff Hopkins
Assistants: Joel Smith and Kasey Wehrman
Goalkeepers: Fraser Chalmers, Denver Crickmore.
Defenders: Lachlan Jackson, Mitchell Hore, Jaiden Walker, Samuel Altundag, Sam Cronin.
Midfielders: Ben Liftin, Devante Clut, Jordan Lampard, Jai Ingham, Shannon Brady.
Forwards: Brandon Borrello, Patrick Theodore, Kwame Yeboah.
**Im not 100% sure on the positions of Hore, Walker, Altundag, Cronin, Lampard and Brady. I’ll endeavour to try and find out on Saturday.