Brisbane sign Jerome Polenz on 2.5 year contractPosted: January 6, 2015
Brisbane Roar have confirmed the signing of former German youth international Jerome Polenz, with the defender signing a two and a half year contract in Brisbane.
Polenz is best known here for his two year stint with Western Sydney Wanderers, where he was apart of their foundation side and went on to win a Premiership with the Sydney club in addition to making two Grand Finals and helping them reach the ¼ finals of the Asian Champions League. Prior to that he spent 8 seasons in his homeland with Werder Bremen, Alemania Aachen and Union Berlin in addition to playing a handful of games for Germany in the European u/19 championships.
As has been mentioned plenty of times previously, the 28 year old defender hasn’t had much game time since the Grand Final in May. Since he departed the Wanderers he had just two games for Sarpsborg 08 in the Norwegian league.
It’s likely that Polenz will slot in that right back slot he made his own in his time with the Wanderers, and a position that Brisbane have had trouble filling this season following the off-season departure of Ivan Franjic. So far, in just 15 games –including FFA Cup-, Brisbane have used three different players in the position, with none of James Donachie, Jack Hingert or Daniel Bowles cementing the spot. There’s a chance that the arrival of Polenz could see one of Bowles or Hingert move on, given there are now three specialist right backs on the roster.
Polenz, who has been here in Brisbane since the beginning of this month training with Brisbane and building up his fitness after that spell in Norway, is expected to be available for selection when the season re-starts in early February against Wellington Phoenix. It’s likely that there will be a couple other new faces around by that point, in addition to the returning from injury duo Thomas Broich and Michael Theo.