Corey Brown signs 3 year extensionPosted: February 12, 2015
Brisbane Roar have looked to the future by securing the services of young defender Corey Brown on a three year contract running through the end of the 2017-18 season.
The local product, who came through the Brisbane youth ranks, made his debut for the club in the 2012 AFC Champions League game against Beijing Guo’an and has provided strong competition for Shane Stefanutto ever since. Since then Brown has provided strong competition in the side, filling in numerous times when the incumbent Shane Stefanutto was out injured.
Last season saw Corey get his first real regular run of games in the first team, when he had a run of nine starts before losing out to Diogo Ferreira and ultimately Shane Stefanutto in the title run in.
This year he once again started as the back-up, however after a groin injury in round 7, Corey once again got the chance to get a run of games in the side, and he’s played in every game since where he’s now established himself as a starting XI player.
Going forward for the rest of the season, he will have a fight on his hands to maintain that status, -particularly after last weeks howler- with the return to fitness of Shane Stefanutto, but long term the job looks to be his to lose.
In the past there had been interest around the league in Brown, with Newcastle in particular showing interest in luring him to the Hunter.
In addition to tying down the starting spot here in Brisbane, Brown will also be busy this season on the international front, as he’s expected to be a big part of the Olyroos squad trying to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics next year.
The news leaves Brisbane with just five out of contract players –Shane Stefanutto, George Lambadaridis, Andrija Kaluderovic, Kofi Danning and Luke DeVere- in addition to the on loan signing of Adam Sarota who will return to FC Utrecht at the end of the season.
With the paucity of good quality Australian left backs out there on the market, locking down a young talented player with experience and potential for growth is a wise move going forward.
Im not sure what this means for Shane Stefanutto going forward, because this move indicates Brisbane are ready to hand the role over to Brown, but even so there will be a need for another left back if the veteran wishes to continue on.