Pre-Season roster updatePosted: July 14, 2016
With pre-season now underway it seems like a good time to take stock of how the Roar squad shapes up ahead of the new season. Currently the Roar have 19 contracted first team players, plus youngster Joe Caletti on a full-time youth contract. That leaves at least one new signing to reach the minimum of 20, and up to four spots open in the maximum squad of 23, plus two further full-time youth places up for grabs. There are also three visa spots in the squad open, while both marquee contracts are accounted for with Thomas Broich and Matt McKay retaining their marquee status.
Brisbane Roar roster as at 14/7/2016
Goalkeepers– Jamie Young, Michael Theo.
Defenders- Corey Brown, Jerome Polenz, Jade North, Daniel Bowles, Jack Hingert, Luke DeVere, Kye Rowles, Conor O’Toole.
Midfielders- Corona, Matt McKay, Dimitri Petratos, Joe Caletti, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards- Jamie Maclaren, Shannon Brady, Thomas Broich, Tommy Oar, Brandon Borrello.
Starting in goal where things appear to be set with long-time #1 Michael Theo likely to back up Jamie Young who claimed the spot in goal at the end of last season. Left back is another position which seems to be sorted with Corey Brown the likely starter and youngster Connor O’Toole serving as his understudy.
Right back also appears to be sorted with Jack Hingert and Jerome Polenz in the role, however with the reports that Polenz could be about to depart the Roar there could potentially be a vacancy to fill. While that could be filled externally, there’s also a chance that Aloisi could use youngster Mark Rodic in that role who was recently named in the seven youngsters to be added to the pre-season training squad.
In the centre of defence, the roster appears to be full with new signing Kye Rowles joining the returning Jade North, Daniel Bowles and Luke DeVere. Despite that however there are fitness issues surrounding Luke DeVere which could lead to extra depth being acquired.
Moving into the middle third and Aloisi has a wealth of options at his disposal, with the likes of Corona, Dimitri Petratos, Matt McKay, new signing Jacob Pepper and full-time youth player Joe Caletti. Aloisi however is seeking further additions in the area with the search for another attack minded option, most likely a visa player, to round out his midfield mix.
In the final third Aloisi is also spoilt for choices with a number of options for the wide attacking roles. Two from the trio of Thomas Broich, Tommy Oar and Brandon Borrello will likely be the starters, while youngster Shannon Brady will provide solid depth. There could also be an opportunity for Joseph Champness or Jayden Prasad to force there way into the mix after they were invited to participate in the pre-season with the first team.
Upfront Brisbane will likely be relying on their Golden Boot winner from last season Jamie Maclaren, however the rumours of European interest in the fringe Socceroo have returned in recent days. That European interest plus the lack of central striking depth could both be reasons why Aloisi is reportedly shopping around overseas for further attacking strike power. Youngster Nicholas D’Agostino, who made his debut last season against Perth has been rewarded for strong form in the NPL with a spot in the extended pre-season squad.
There will likely be a bit of movement in the squad before the season starts in October with three visa spots to fill and potentially a fourth should Polenz move on, but with 19 contracted players plus FT youth player Joe Caletti and a host of other youth in the frame the squad looks to be in reasonable shape provided they add the midfielder and attacker Aloisi is looking for.