Fraser Chalmers departs Roar for StrikersPosted: June 26, 2015
Young goalkeeper Fraser Chalmers has opted to depart the Brisbane youth setup, taking up a contract at local rivals Brisbane Strikers for the remainder of the season.
Chalmers, 20, had been a regular for the Roar in both the National Youth League and National Premier Leagues over the past 12 months and looked to be cementing himself as a goalkeeper of the future at the Roar.
Infact Chalmers spent the majority of the second half of last season acting as the first team’s deputy goalkeeper, serving as Jamie Young’s understudy while Michael Theo was sidelined with an ongoing wrist injury.
Chalmers didn’t make any first team appearances for the Roar in a competitive game, however he did get a cameo appearance in the recent LFP World Football Challenge game against Villarreal, when he came on with minutes remaining.
The move to the Strikers is an opportunistic one for Chalmers, who will be getting guaranteed first team football with the Strikers in both the NPL and also the FFA Cup, a platform which he hopes will showcase him to potential A-League suitors.
His departure sees Brisbane’s youth goalkeeping stocks filled by Denver Crickmore and Tomislav Bilic, both of whom are less experienced goalkeepers at the NPL/NYL level, but have time on their side.
Chalmers is likely to make his debut for his new club, against his old one tomorrow night when the Roar and Strikers meet at Perry Park in the local derby.
All the best to Fraser in his chase for A-League football, who knows, it may even be with Brisbane at some point in the future.