Former Players wrap: 04/11/14Posted: November 4, 2014
-Tommy Oar attracts interest of Ajax Amsterdam
– Kruse, Halloran struggle for game time in Germany
– Stuart McLaren appointed head coach of Stirling Albion
– Milan Susak signs for East Bengal
Starting in the Netherlands where the Utrecht trio is down to just one with Adam Sarota out on loan and Michael Zullo out injured. That leaves just Tommy Oar, who has continued to be a first team regular for Utrecht this season, starting eight of the clubs 11 games to date on the left hand side of a front three with his performances reportedly attracting the interest of Ajax Amsterdam. In Utrecht’s most recent game at the weekend, Tommy started and played 75 minutes in a 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem in a result that sees them sitting comfortably mid-table in 10th. Meanwhile Stef Nijland has 3 goals in 10 games for PEC Zwolle who sit 6th in the Eredivise. Most recently they had a 2-0 loss to Feyenoord where Nijland came on with 20 minutes to play.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands former youth team duo Kenneth Dougall and Alistair Quinn are playing for second division side SC Telstar and Dougall in particular has made himself something of a regular. Dougall, 21, who spent three seasons with the Roar youth team has featured in all of the teams games in September, including starting the clubs last two matches. Quinn meanwhile has been a regular on the bench but only made one appearance in the last month. In the clubs most recent game against MVV Maastricht Dougall started and played all 90 minutes while Quinn remained on the bench in a 2-0 win. Telstar sit 10th in the Eerste Division, 6 points out of the promotion playoff places.
Robbie Kruse has struggled for game time this season with just the one appearance in the senior team to date as he makes his return following an ACL injury. Since the beginning of September, Robbie has only managed two appearances off the bench, and one of those was as a half time substitute in a German up tie against lower league side Madeburg which they won on penalties. He did score his penalty however. In Leverkusen’s most recent game yesterday he was an unused sub in a 1-0 loss away to Hamburg which sees them sitting 5th after 10 rounds.
Dropping down the German leagues to Fortuna Dusseldorf in the 2.0 Bundesliga and Ben Halloran has struggled for game time in October with just one substitute appearance in the last month which figures to be a hit to his Asian Cup chances. Ben however did make his appearance in the most recent game, coming off the bench after just 25 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Ingolstadt. Despite Halloran struggling for game time, Fortuna sit second in the league, one point behind Ingolstadt. Finally in Germany, Kwame Yeboah has struggled for minutes in Monchengladbach’s second team with just one substitute appearance in the last month. They sit 4th in the Regionalliga West division.
In Russia, after overcoming the injury he sustained in the World Cup, Ivan Franjic finally made his debut for Torpedo coming off the bench at half time in a 0-0 draw with Kuban’ Krasnodar. Since then he’s started a cup tie with CSKA Moscow and the clubs most recent league game- a 1-0 loss to Arsenal Tula. The promoted side have struggled so far this season, sitting 15th after 12 rounds.
Elsewhere in Europe Dario Vidosic has been a regular starter for FC Sion in the Swiss Premier League, starting all their games in October including their most recent game- a 2-2 draw with Aarau. Sion sit 7th. Julius Davies meanwhile has
struggled for games at his new club Otelul Galati. Finally, two former Brisbane players are now coaching in Scotland- Stuart McLaren is head coach at Stirling Albion, while Bob Malcolm is Barry Ferguson’s assistant at Clyde. McLaren, who was appointed as Stirling boss at the weekend sit bottom of League one after 11 games, while Clyde sit 6th in League two after 10 games. At the weekend Clyde lost 2-0 away to Spartans while had a 1-1 draw away to Hurlford United. McLaren has signed on as coach of Stirling through the end of the 2015-16 season.
In South Korea, Gyeongnam finished the regular season 11th out of 12 teams, which means they are in the relegation half of the league this season. After 1 game of that relegation league, Gyeongnam sit second out of six teams after a 1-1 draw with Incheon United- a game Luke DeVere didn’t play in. Infact in 34 games this season, DeVere played in just 13. Meanwhile foundation Roar midfielder Tae Yong-Shin is currently the assistant coach of the South Korean national team. In Japan Yuji Takahashi has had an equally difficult time getting games for Kyoto Sanga who has played just one game this season. Kyoto sit 9th in the J.2 League.
In the newly former Indian Super League, Do Dong-Hyun has been playing for NorthEast United –a team coached by Ricki Herbert. Do has started 3 games and come off the bench in the other two as they sit 3rd after six games. Most recently he came off the bench after an hour in a 2-0 loss at home to Athletico de Kolkata. In the other Indian competition, East Bengal have today confirmed the signing of Milan Susak.
In Thailand, Serginho van Djik has scored 3 goals in 13 games for Suphanburi in the season just finished. Suphanburi finished the season in 6th place, with a 1-0 win at home to Songkhla United in their season ending game. Another former Roar striker, Michael Baird, has recently finished his season in Indonesia- with PKM Makassar finishing 7th in the ISL. Baird scored 3 goals in 11 games.
Elsewhere- in Malaysia Mario Karlovic was apart of the Terengganu side who finished 4th in the Malaysian Super League in the season just ended. Karlovic reportedly contributed 3 goals, but im not sure how many games he played. Meanwhile Spase Dilevski and his ATM FA side finished 10th, narrowly avoiding relegation by goal difference. Elsewhere former youth defender Dane Milovanovic plays in the Maldives for New Radiant, who sit top of the Dhivehi League after three games. Finally, Mohamed Adnan is back in his homeland with Al Haad, who sit 4th after six games. Most recently they had a 4-1 win away to Malkiya. It’s unknown if Adnan played.
In the MLS, finished bottom of the Eastern Conference with just six wins from 28 games this season. Issey, who was traded midseason by Toronto FC (also missed the playoffs), made 13 appearances for Montreal this past season. That’s all for this week- below is a list of former Brisbane players and where they’re currently at.
Full list of former Brisbane Roar players still playing or managing:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kwame Yeboah (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht)
Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)
Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
Alistair Quinn (SC Telstar)
Ken Dougall (SC Telstar
Ivan Franjic (Torpedo Moscow)
Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)
Julius Davies (Otelul Galati)
Stuart McLaren (Stirling Albion- Manager)
Bob Malcolm (Clyde FC- Assistant Manager)
Shin Tae-Yong (South Korea- Assistant Manager)
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)
Do-Dong Hyun (NorthEast United)
Milan Susak (East Bengal)
Serginho van Djik (Suphanburi)
Michael Baird (PKM Makassar)
Spase Dilevski (ATM FA)
Mario Karlovic (Terengganu FA)
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Hidd SCC)
Dane Milovanovic (New Radiant)
Issey Nakajima-Farran (Montreal Impact)
Reinaldo (Operario PR)
Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Isaka Cernak (Central Coast Mariners)
Liam Reddy (Central Coast Mariners)
Erik Paartalu (Melbourne City)
Massimo Murdocca (Melbourne City)
David Williams (Melbourne City)
Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory)
Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory)
Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)
Diogo Ferreira (Perth Glory)
Mitch Nichols (Perth Glory- on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)
Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Sasa Ognenovski (Sydney FC)
Josh McCloughan (QAS- Manager)
Matt Mundy (Olympic FC)
Warren Moon (Lions FC- Player/Manager)
Royce Brownlie (Moreton Bay United)
Karl Dodd (Western Pride- Manager)
Todd Gava (Rochedale Rovers)
New South Wales:
Tahj Minnieccon (Rockdale City Suns)
Jordan Simpson (APIA Leichhardt)
Chris Bush (Dapto Dandaloo Fury)
David Dodd (Edgeworth Eagles)
Carl Recchia (Pascoe Vale)
Jai Ingham (Hume City)
Griffin McMaster (Heidelberg United)
Rocky Visconte (Croydon Kings)