Corona departs BrisbanePosted: July 15, 2016
Spanish midfielder Corona has left Brisbane Roar to return to his native Spain for family reasons. Last seasons Gary Wilkins medallist was at training this morning to farewell his teammates. In a message posted on the clubs official website Corona left a parting message.
Corona departs Brisbane after playing in all 29 A-League games last season –one of just four players to play in every game-, scoring two goals along the way.
The Spaniard arrived in Brisbane in late September in the aftermath of the clubs financial dramas which resulted in Luke Brattan forcing his way out of the club, and just weeks before the season but quickly became a key part of the side in the heart of midfield.Playing in the middle of the midfield trio, Corona took up the duel deep lying midfielder role breaking up opposition attacks and kick-starting attacks for the Roar.
Corona has accepted an offer from his former side Almeria, whom he played 249 times for from 2007-2015, signing a two year playing contract before transitioning into a coaching role.
Corona’s departure leaves a massive hole in the midfield, arguably a bigger one than he filled a year ago due to the lack of depth currently in the middle of the park for Brisbane. Corona is the fourth midfielder to depart the club since the end of last season following Steven Lustica, Javier Hervas and Devante Clut in moving on.
That leaves just club captain Matt McKay, Dimitri Petratos, Jacob Pepper and a host of youngsters as options in the middle of the park, with Aloisi now set to reinforce his midfield before the season starts. Currently Brisbane have just 18 contracted players and just two visa players under contract, meaning there will be at least two new signings –maximum of 5- and plenty of cap space and visa spaces available to bring fresh talent into the side.
Replacing a quality and influential player such as Corona will be a massive task for Aloisi, he’s shown that questions surrounding his recruitment were unfounded last season however he’ll need to repeat the trick in the coming weeks to replenish a Roar side which is looking a little thin. In the meantime, best of luck back in Spain to Corona, thanks for the memories, it’s been fun.
Miguel Angel Garica Perez- Roldan (Corona)
Player Number– 113
Debut– Season 2015-16, Round 1 (Western Sydney- A)
Goals – 2