Former Players Wrap: 19/11/2014Posted: November 19, 2014
Most leagues are on international break this week, however there were still a few competitions running across the world. There were also a host of current and former Brisbane players involved in games for their respective nations.
Just one this week- former Roar youth striker Matthew Thurtell has signed on with Bentleigh Greens for the 2014 NPL Victoria. Thurtell, 21, has previously been apart of the Roar youth set-up and was training with the side in the pre-season hoping for a deal. He joins Jai Ingham and Griffin McMaster as former Brisbane players in the NPL Victoria next season.
Couple of links this week, firstly continuing on from last week, the Dutch version of Goal.com are saying that it’s almost a certainty that Tommy Oar will move on from Utrecht in January. The 22 year old’s contract is up in June and with interest from Ajax amongst others, they say that his current club will cash in rather than lose him for nothing.
They’ve also quoted Tommy as saying “I hear that clubs follow me, and Ajax is mentioned, but the key is that it must be a club with a great chance of playing time”. Any potential transfer could put his chances of being involved in the Asian Cup on hold, or at the very least make it an extremely busy month for the winger.
Meanwhile in Utrecht, injured full-back Michael Zullo is set to return to Europe to continue his recovery from his knee injury.
Elsewhere, David Davutovic of Fox Sports has confirmed that Luke DeVere is a free agent at the end of the K-League season, saying in his weekly Q&A on their website: “Robbie Cornthwaite and Luke DeVere are both free, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a few clubs have a crack”. DeVere made 64 appearances for Brisbane and with defensive re-enforcements probably needed in January –albeit more in the full-back areas-, he could be a solid addition to the squad.
Finally this week, in news that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, Melbourne City are hoping to sign Liam Miller long term. After signing the former Irish international last week to cover international call-ups, City now want to keep him in Melbourne according to 442. If they do end up keeping him, an injury replacement contract for marquee Robert Koren seems the most likely fit, as despite having 1 visa spot free, City already have the maximum of 23 players signed.
Onto the wrap itself and a bit of a break with tradition as were starting with current Brisbane players as opposed to former ones. Matt McKay, James Donachie and Corey Brown have all been in Asia over the past week representing the Socceroos and Olyroos respectively with some mixed results. McKay and his Socceroos teammates rounded out their Asian Cup preparations with a 2-1 loss to Japan, while the Olyroos duo had a win, a draw and a loss in their three game friendly tournament in China.
Elsewhere in the international window, seven former Brisbane players played for their respective nations including a return to the Socceroos fold for Robbie Kruse who missed the last squad due to a lack of game time. For a full wrap on how they went, check out the table below.
Despite the international window, some leagues continued on, although none of the former Brisbane players got any game-time. Do- Dong Hyun failed to get on the park in either of NorthEast United’s games this week in the Indian Super League, while Luke DeVere wasn’t in Gyeongnam’s squad as they drew 1-1 with Seongnam.
Finally this week, Stuart McLaren picked up his first league point as manager of Stirling Albion at the weekend with a 1-1 draw with Strannaer. McLaren has a tough job ahead of him keeping Stirling in the Scotland’s League one, as they currently sit bottom, six points from safety.