Kaluderovic departs BrisbanePosted: May 31, 2015
Serbian Striker Andrija Kaluderovic’s short stay here in Brisbane has ended after new Brisbane boss John Aloisi decided not to offer him a contract extension.
Kaluderovic, 27, arrived here in Brisbane in January to replace the misfiring Mensur Kurtishi after leaving Swiss side FC Thun in December.
A goals ratio of seven in 16 games (13 starts) is a more than fair return for a player who took time to work up to match fitness, a tally which includes two goals in the AFC Champions League.
Despite a goal scoring record that is on par with Brisbane’s best strikers in the past such as Sergio van Djik and Besart Berisha, Kaluderovic seemed to lack the work rate both with and without the ball.
The burden now falls upon Aloisi –whose recruitment hasn’t been the best- to find a striker capable of leading the line in the Brisbane system, with the Roar trying twice now to replace the Albanian who helped lead the Victory to the double this season.
Meanwhile Aloisi also confirmed that veteran left-back Shane Stefanutto had been offered a 1year contract extension before he was announced as head coach.
Assuming that is accurate, all of Brisbane’s out of contract players now have their futures confirmed, with Kaluderovic joining George Lambadaridis, Adam Sarota, Kofi Danning, Ben Litfin and Jesse Daley in departing Brisbane.
Brisbane Roar contracted players for 2015-16 and beyond
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young
Defenders: Jerome Polenz (fgn), Jade North, Luke DeVere, Shane Stefanutto, Jack Hingert, Daniel Bowles, James Donachie, Corey Brown.
Midfielders: Luke Brattan, Matt McKay (Marquee), Steven Lustica, Devante Clut, Thomas Broich (fgn), Patrick Theodore (FT NYL).
Forwards: Henrique Silva (fgn), Jean Carlos Solórzano (fgn), Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello (FT NYL), Shannon Brady.