Solórzano announces departure from Brisbane Roar


Jean Carlos Solórzano has today announced his departure from Brisbane Roar for a second time. The statement, which he posted on social media this afternoon, thanks the staff, players and supporters for his time at the club. Here’s the statement in full.

“I would like to thank the Brisbane Roar supporters, staff and team mates for the time at the club.
Sad because this is not the way I would have liked to have left the club, but at the same time really grateful to have been apart of the history and success of Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane has had such an impact on my life, not only on the pitch but my personal life as it has become the place that I can call home.
Once again thank you”
Jean Carlos Solórzano.

It’s worth noting that Brisbane are yet to confirm the departure of Solórzano, however given his injury plagued second spell here in Brisbane, and his dropping down the pecking order under John Aloisi and his contract expiring next month it makes sense.

Jean Carlos initially arrived in Brisbane in spring 2010 as a key part of Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild of the Roar on a one year loan from Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense. Injury prevented him from making an appearance until round four, however he quickly settled in and went on to score 11 goals in 25 games for Brisbane on the way to the clubs first silverware.

After Brisbane failed to come to terms with Alajuelense for a permanent move, Solórzano moved on loan to Melbourne Victory, before spells back in his homeland with Alajuelense and then Puntarenas.

Then, three years after departing Brisbane, Solórzano turned up at training in January 2014, with new Brisbane manager Mike Mulvey giving him a trial period, and after impressing he signed a deal through the end of the season.

While he was lacking fitness, Solórzano became a valuable member of the matchday squad off the substitutes bench, making five appearances – one start- on the way to the clubs second double winning season.

Those appearances were enough to convince Mulvey to give Solórzano a fresh two year contract extension in the off-season, as the Roar went about retooling their front third following the departure of Besart Berisha.

While the 2010-11 season was a tumultuous one for Brisbane as a whole, it was a good one for Solórzano, who netted seven goals in 26 appearances for the Roar side who struggled in the league to a seventh placed finish.

This season however has seen opportunities dry up under new boss John Aloisi, with Solórzano limited to just the seven appearances this season –two starts-, the last of which came back in round 13 against Perth Glory.

All up Solórzano leaves Brisbane with 62 appearances to his name – 24th in Roar history- and 18 goals – 9th most in Roar history-, having played a key part in delivering four of the clubs five A-League trophies to date. Best of luck in the future Jean Carlos, your contributions here will be remembered.

Jean Carlos Solórzano
Player number- 72
Debut- Round 4, 2010/11 (Newcastle Jets- A)
Games- 34 (28)
Goals- 18


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