Brisbane sign Thomas Kristensen on one year deal

Brisbane have bolstered their midfield options with the signing of former Denmark international Thomas Kristensen on a one year contract. The Danish midfield arrives in Brisbane as a replacement for Spaniard Corona, who recently returned to former club Almeria.

“I have only heard good things about Australia and the A-League from my friend Morten Nordstrand. The offer to come to Brisbane is a once in a life opportunity for myself and my family. First and foremost I come here to help the club be successful and win a trophy. I am very excited about this new adventure.” Thomas Kristensen.

Kristensen arrives in Brisbane after two seasons with Dutch side ADO Den Haag where he made 48 appearances, helping them to mid-table finishes in both seasons. Prior to that, Kristensen spent six seasons with Danish FC. København, where he made 154 appearances, winning the league four times during his time with the club in addition to two Danish Cup wins.

Thomas also brings with him some international experience, with the midfielder representing his native Denmark on 11 occasions from 2008-2012 with those games split from both Senior internationals and unofficial friendlies.

Kristensen brings a defensive mindset to a midfield group which is currently stacked with players who provide creativity and attacking flair to the side and will join Matt McKay and Dimitri Petratos in the current best starting side. Recent signing Jacob Pepper, in addition to a batch of youngsters such as Joe Caletti, Nathan Konstandopoulos and potentially Joey Katebian who is currently training with the Roar trying to win a contract will be fighting for opportunities.

The signing of Kristensen takes Brisbane’s A-League roster up to 20 contracted players, with one or two signings still reportedly to be on the way with Aloisi reportedly chasing another attacking midfield option in addition to a versatile attacking player to replace those who have departed in recent months.

As mentioned, Brisbane now have 20 players under contract –including FT Youth player Joe Caletti- which meets the minimum requirements for the A-League squad. There are however a maximum of three spots left in the squad, with two visa spots currently open in addition to the potential of capitalising on the FFA’s centralised marquee fund should the opportunity arise. Below is the current squad by position.

Goalkeepers– Michael Theo, Jamie Young
Defenders– Jack Hingert, Jerome Polenz, Luke DeVere, Jade North, Kye Rowles, Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Connor O’Toole.
Midfielders– Thomas Kristensen, Dimitri Petratos, Matt McKay, Jacob Pepper, Joe Caletti.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Jamie Maclaren, Thomas Broich, Shannon Brady, Tommy Oar.

To wrap this up, here’s a few random thoughts on the Kristensen signing, the squad currently and what could, or should be coming before the start of the season.

– The one thing that really came across today is that he’s a winner. He’s won the Danish league on four occasions and the Cup twice which outlines his pedigree, but both he and Aloisi mentioned how much he wants to win here in Brisbane. That desire to win Championships adds to a group which is full of Championship pedigree which can only be a good thing given the nature of the league and how close they got last season.

– This is a signing that had to happen given the recent departure of Corona which left a massive hole in the middle of the midfield. With just young duo Jacob Pepper and Joe Caletti in the defensive midfield role, there was a glaring need for someone to step in. Given the fact that it’s a little over a week since Corona’s departure was announced, it seems like this was a priority signing for the football department to ensure the midfield was balanced ahead of the new season.

– With respect to Jacob Pepper, Kye Rowles and Connor O’Toole, this is the first major signing for Brisbane this off-season, and it’s a good one. There is however a need to continue the momentum that today’s announcement brings as there’s still some holes to fill in the squad. There’s still a lack of options in the final third behind Jamie Maclaren with just youngster Nichols D’Agostino in reserve, while the central defensive position is another where depth could be required.

– Today’s signing adds to the players with international experience on the roster, with six players currently in the squad having represented their country at senior international level. In addition to that Coach John Aloisi has also represented Australia obviously, while Michael Theo was part of the 2011 Asian Cup Qualification campaign but failed to get any game time.

– In terms of visa signings, Kristensen is the international player to join the Roar after represent his nation prior to joining. Kristensen follows in the footsteps of Shin Tae-Yong, Charlie Miller, Steven Bryce, Kosta Barbarouses, Jean Carlos Solórzano, Besart Berisha, Sayed Mohamed Adnan, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Liam Miller and Mensur Kurtishi. The majority of those players added something to the side either in the short or long term and hopefully Kristensen is the latest added to that list.

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