D’Agostino signs, jets off to Belgium

Young Roar striker Nicholas D’Agostino has been rewarded for a stellar season in the NPL Queensland with a two year deal in Brisbane’s A-League squad.

D’Agostino, 18, has been part of the youth set-up with the Roar for the past two seasons and made his debut for the first team in Round 6 of the 2015-16 season against Perth Glory.

This season has seen D’Agostino net an impressive 10 goals in 11 games in the NPL for the Young Roar ranking him as one of the most lethal finishers in the competition.

The news gets better for D’Agostino, who has been invited to train with Belgian side KRC Genk with the view to potentially joining the club on loan for the new season which got underway at the Weekend.

Should that move fall through, D’Agostino would provide depth upfront and competition for Jamie Maclaren.

The signing of D’Agostino takes the first team squad to 21 players, however should the move to Belgium occur there would still be three spaces available in the squad for further additions. As things stand accounting for D’Agostino, there are a maximum of two spots remaining, and with two visa spots available it’s likely any remaining recruits would be from overseas.

Current Brisbane Roar squad as at August 4th 2016
Goalkeepers (2)- Jamie Young, Michael Theo.
Defenders (8)- Jack Hingert, Jerome Polenz (fgn), Corey Brown, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles, Jade North, Luke DeVere, Daniel Bowles.
Midfielders (5) – Thomas Kristensen, Jacob Pepper, Matt McKay, Dimitri Petratos, Joe Caletti.
Forwards (6) – Jamie Maclaren, Tommy Oar, Shannon Brady, Thomas Broich, Nicholas D’Agostino, Brandon Borrello.

Here’s some thoughts I have on the D’Agostino signing.

1) Having seen Nick play in the youth side for the past 18 months or so, this signing is a good one. It’s always good to see talented youngster emerge from the youth side into the first team and D’Agostino form in the NPL Queensland since becoming a regular starter in the side has been impressive. 10 goals in 11 this season in addition to his all-round performances shows he’s got something to offer in the first team.

2) The Belgium trial is an interesting one. It could work out really well for him if they bring him in with a view to being part of their first team squad. It’s more likely however that he would be joining the youth set-up which while still a good opportunity, the argument about whether first team football would be a better option at this point is an interesting one.

3) The squad for the upcoming season is beginning to take shape with the squad now having 21 players contracted. For the remaining two spots I think the squad could do with a 6th midfielder and the maybe another versatile attacking option to add some experience to what is a young group of attackers. If you look at the midfielders it appears that young Caletti is the back-up to Kristensen, Pepper is the back-up to McKay which would indicate that somebody to back-up/provide competition to Petratos could be the option here. Perhaps this is where the Holman links come into play, although im still unconvinced he’ll be joining the squad. Youngster Joey Katebian could be another option he as someone who can play both as a #10 and as a striker.

4) For the other spot in the squad, an experienced attacking option to provide a spark off the bench would be a good addition to the squad. That obviously describes the role that Henrique filled last season, it could also be filled by the naturalised Australian again this season if recent reports are to be believed. Former Victory attacker Joey Katebian could also fit into this slot, however he would be more likely to fill the role currently occupied by D’Agostino should the loan move to Genk occur or the role as the 6th midfielder.

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