DeVere signs through 2017

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Brisbane Roar have confirmed overnight the re-signing of defender Luke DeVere on a two year contract extension, keeping him here in Brisbane through the 2016-17 season.

DeVere, 25 returned to Brisbane in January following four years in South Korea with Gyeongnam FC where he found himself in and out of the side.

Since returning, Brisbane have taken a cautious approach to re-integrating DeVere into the side due to a lack of game time last season, with a month of extensive training and youth games before inserting him into the side on Matchday one of the Champions League against Beijing.

In his six appearances to date –five start, one sub- he’s shown the form which earned him a move aboard, and has also earned him a call up to the Socceroos squad for next weeks games against Germany and Macedonia.

The timing of this announcement is interesting given that when the announcement was made it was believed that the situation would be assessed at the end of the season. It could be that the national team call-up forced the issue, with Brisbane opting to lock him in to prevent an overseas club swooping in for him, or alternatively DeVere may see that Brisbane is the best path to a regular Socceroos berth.

Regardless, Brisbane have now secured the defender for the next two seasons, in a move which should see him form a formidable central defensive pairing with James Donachie. Infact with Corey Brown, Jerome Polenz and Michael Theo all locked in for similar length contracts, the back four could be stable and locked in four years to come.

The extension makes DeVere the 17th player locked in for next season which will see some continuity in the squad for next season, while also allowing some flexibility for the new manager to bring in a couple of his own players. Currently Brisbane have 17 contracted players, two marquee’s, three visa players and three Full-Time National Youth League contracted players.

Confirmed Brisbane Roar players for 2014-15 and beyond:
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders: Jerome Polenz (Fgn), Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jade North, Daniel Bowles, James Donachie, Jack Hingert.
Midfielders: Matt McKay (Marquee), Steven Lustica, Devante Clut, Luke Brattan, Thomas Broich (Fgn) (Marquee), Ben Litfin (FT NYL), Patrick Theodore (FT NYL).
Forwards: Henrique, Dimitri Petratos, Jean Carlos Solórzano (Fgn), Brandon Borrello (FT NYL).

In terms of players who are out of contract at the end of the season, Shane Stefanutto is expected to retire at the conclusion of this season, while Adam Sarota will return to Utrecht when his loan deal expires. Youngsters Kofi Danning and George Lambadaridis are potentially on the bubble in terms of getting a new deal as neither have made an impact on the first team this season after recovering from knee injuries. Kaluderovic is the interesting one, as he’s not yet done enough to suggest he’s the long term answer as a striker in the Brisbane system.

The signing of DeVere is an important one for the future of Brisbane, as it shores up the backline for years to come and gives them the chance to build a strong home grown defensive pairing.

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