Former players update 23/08/2016Posted: August 23, 2016
*After an extended break, im bringing back the former players feature to keep track of the players who’ve worn the Roar jersey in years past.
In future weeks the format will return to something like the previous editions , but for this first update back it will be longer and will cover all of the clubs former players.
The Spanish Segunda started over the weekend with Almeria hosting Cadiz on the opening day. Corona was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw.
Javier Hervas (CD Mirandes)
Hervas wasn’t in the squad as the new season got underway, with Mirandes drawing at home to recently relegated Getafe. Hervas has only recently joined the club, following a brief stint with Bosnian side Zeljeznicar where he didn’t make a single appearance.
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)
The Bundesliga season doesn’t start until next weekend, but Leverkusen were involved in DFB Pokal Cup action over the weekend with a trip to Haunstein. Leverkusen progressed to the second round of the cup with a 2-1 win, with Kruse coming off the bench in the 89th minute.
Ben Halloran (1.FC Heideheim) The 2.0 Bundesliga also begins next weekend, but like Kruse, Halloran and his Heideheim teammates were involved in Cup action over the weekend. Halloran however wasn’t in the matchday squad as Heideheim beat Wattenscheid 09 2-1.
Kwame Yeboah (Borussia Monchengladbach II)
Kwame is still playing for Monchengladbach’s II side, having as yet failed to make his debut in the first team after signing for the club in January 2014. Yeboah did however start upfront for the II side in their 1-1 draw with Sportfreunde Siegen. After five rounds Borussia II side 7th in the Regionaliga West, with two games in hand.
Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
The 2016-17 Eredivise season began three weeks ago and it’s not been a good start for Nijland and his Zwolle teammates as they’ve lost two successive home games, conceding seven goals along the way. After 3 rounds Zwolle sit in the relegation zone with just the one point, while Nijland came off the subs bench in the first two rounds before starting –and being subbed after 70’- in the weekends loss to PSV.
Kenneth Dougall (Sparta Rotterdam)
While Nijland and his Zwolle teammates have endured a slow start, things are much better for Kenneth Dougall in their return to the top flight. The former Roar Youth teamers’ side sit 6th after three rounds, starting in the opening round before being dropped to the bench. Most recently Dougall was an unused sub in their 1-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles.
Andrija Kaluderovic (FK Zalgiris)
Since the last update Andrija has moved to the Lithuanian Premier League with Zalgiris, who recorded a 7-0 win away to SSPC Radviliskis in the Cup over the weekend. No word on if Kaluderovic was involved.
David Williams (Haladas)
Another player whose moved since the last update, with the former Melbourne City flyer making the move to Hungarian side Haladas where he’s made an instant impact with four goals in seven games. That run of goals includes the clubs most recent game, a 3-1 win over Paksi SE, where Williams started, put his side in front in the 69th minute before being substituted in the 80th minute. No video of his goal from the weekend, but here’s another from his recent goal scoring run.
Mensur Kurtishi (First Vienna)
Kurtishi is another striker whose changed clubs since the last update, with the Macedonian joining First Vienna in the Austrian third tier. After three rounds Vienna sit 10th in the Regionaliga Ost, with Kurtishi starting and being substituted in the 66th minute in a 0-0 draw away to Parndorf. So far this season Kurtishi has one goal from three games, scoring a 67th minute equaliser in the week to draw away to Traiskirchen. Here’s the goal.
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Hadd)
Big Mo is still running around in his homeland for Al Hadd, although the new season is yet to begin in Bahrain. Last season was a successful one for Adnan and Al Hadd, who won the Bahraini Premier League, King’s Cup and the Super Cup in 2015-16.
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)
After a series of loans both domestically and abroad, Takahashi finally made his Kyoto debut this season and has made six appearances in the J2-League so far in the 2016 season. Kyoto are on pace contend for promotion at seasons end, sitting in the sixth and final promotion playoff place after 30 rounds.
Tando Velaphi (Shonan Bellmare)
Staying in Japan, and Tando Velaphi has been a regular on the substitutes for Shonan in the J-League this season, making just the two appearances since his January move. Shonan currently sit 17th in the second stage of the 2016 J-League season, and lost 1-0 at home to Kashima at the weekend, a game which ironically Velaphi started for the visitors.
Erik Paartalu (Jeonbuk)
Erik is on the outer in Korea, with just the two appearances since his move from Melbourne City in January. The decision to leave Paartalu on the outer seems to be a good one, with Jeonbuk leading the K-League after 27 rounds, 10 points clear of second placed FC Seoul.
Dario Vidosic (Liaoning Whowin)
Vidosic is a new signing Liaoning having joined from Western Sydney in the off-season, and he’s had an impact for his new side with one goal from seven appearances to date. Liaoning sit in 13th position currently, six points clear of the relegation zone. Most recently Liaoning lost 2-1 away to Shanghai Shenhua, with Vidosic starting before being substituted at half time.
Matt Smith (Bangkok Glass)
Moving to Thailand and Matt Smith has made a strong impression in the Thai capital with Smith named captain of the new season and he’s helped lead his side to fourth in the league after 28 games, albeit they sit a whopping 17 points behind second placed cross-town rivals Bangkok United. Most recently Smith played a full 90 minutes for Glass in a 1-1 home draw with 7th placed Chonburi.
Henrique Andrade da Silva (Negeri Sembilan)
The Brazilian livewire joined the Malaysian Premier League side in July. News on Negeri is hard to come by, but they currently sit 5th in the Premier League, with their most recent game a 2-0 win over FELDA United in the Malaysian Cup. The Group stage is now complete with Negeri qualifying for the next round in second place from Group D. Sembilan will play Kedah in the Quarter-Finals.
Henrique however may not be a Negeri player for long, with the naturalised Brazilian reportedly in talks to return to the A-League with Adelaide United.
Issey Nakajima- Farran (Terengganu)
Issey remains with Terengganu in the Malaysia Super League and has been scoring regularly for the side in Malaysia’s top tier with 6 goals in 14 games this season. Most recently Terengganu beat Malacca United 2-0 in the Cup. The Group stage is now complete with Terengganu finishing bottom of the group and failing to qualify for the next round in second place from Group D.
Matt Acton (Kaya FC)
Brisbane’s former back-up keeper is now playing in the Philippines with Kaya, who sit 5th on the table after 13 games. Their weekends game against Forza being postponed. So far in 2016 Acton has made nine appearances for Kaya.
Tahj Minniecon (Loyola Meraclo Sparks)
Tahj remains in the Philippines with Loyola who sit second in the UFL after 13 rounds, albeit 7 points behind Global FC. Loyola’s last two games have been postponed, with their most recent game an 11-1 win over Laos.
James Meyer (Eastern FC)
James has moved on from Yadanarbon in Myanmar to Eastern FC in the Hong Kong Premier League, whose season begins next weekend.
Serginho van Djik (Persib Bandung)
van Djik, now 34 is back in Indonesia following a brief one game stint with Adelaide, with the Indonesian side sitting 7th on the table after 16 rounds. Most recently Persib beat PS TNI 3-0 away from home.
Rest of the World
Reinaldo Elias da Costa (Operario Ferroviário EC)
Reinaldo is now back in his homeland with Ferroviário in the lower leagues, and after 11 rounds they sit 11th in the Paranaense 1 league. So far in the 2016 seasons Reinaldo has made seven appearances, with no goals. It appears they’re now in the off-season with the last game back in early July.
Liam Miller (Wilmington Hammerheads)
Since the last update Liam has left Cork City in his homeland to join Wilmington in the US second tier, and his new side sit 10th in the USL Eastern Conference. Most recently Wilmington drew 1-1 at home to Charleston Battery, with Miller starting and playing the full 90 minutes.
Nick Fitzgerald, Ivan Franjic (Melbourne City), Jai Ingham, James Donachie, Jason Geria, Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory) , Lachlan Jackson, Devante Clut (Newcastle Jets), Liam Reddy (Perth Glory), Matthew Jurman, Michael Zullo, Alex Brosque (Sydney FC), Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington), Mitch Nichols, Andrew Redmayne (Western Sydney)
I’ll keep this section brief, but six weeks out from the next season there’s shaping up to be 15 former BRFC players set to play in the league next season. That includes Devante Clut whose joining Newcastle, Kosta Barbarouses whose swapped Melbourne for Wellington and Luke Brattan, who returns to the A-League on loan from Manchester City. Also, spare a thought for Ivan Franjic, who is out for the foreseeable future due to a medical condition. Best of luck Ivan.
Luke Pavlou (Brisbane City)
City’s season ended at the weekend when their 1-1 draw with the Strikers wasn’t enough to push them into the finals, which also brings an end to Luke Pavlou’s first season in senior football. Pavlou, who spent the last two seasons in the Roar youth setup and ultimately made his debut late in the 2014-15 season, made 21 appearances at the heart of John Kosmina’s midfield.
Jonti Richter (Brisbane Strikers)
After a 2015 season which was ravaged by a knee injury, Jonti returned to action in 2016 and was a regular in the Strikers side which wrapped up the NPL Premiership. Two goals in 11 games so far in 2016 is a stellar return, with the potential for more in the finals series which begins on the weekend.
Royce Brownlie (Moreton Bay United)
Perhaps the wheels on ‘Rolls’ Royce Brownlie are beginning to slow down with the talismanic striker having a down year compared with previous editions of the NPL. This season in a mid-table Moreton Bay side, Brownlie 8 goals in 18 appearances, a far cry from his 14 in last seasons double winning campaign.
Matt Mundy (Olympic FC).
After a slow start to the season, Olympic’s 2016 season ended on Sunday when a 3-2 loss at home to Western Pride ended any faint finals hopes. All up Mundy made 18 appearances for Olympic in 2016, playing in both midfield and defensive roles.
Brisbane Premier League
Warren Moon (Lions FC player/coach)
Now the player manager of Lions FC, Warren Moon has only made intermittent appearances in 2016, with just the six to the name, scoring one. Moon however is best judged as a coach, and after an Premiership win and an FFA Cup run to the last 16 in 2015, he secured another BPL Premiership in 2016, finishing 8 points clear of Mitchelton. Lions will begin their finals campaign this weekend.
Todd Gava, Michael Baird & Jean Carlos Solórzano (Rochedale Rovers)
Rochedale’s season ended at the weekend after a loss to Holland Park. Solórzano, a surprise signing just before the FFA Cup Qualifier against Redlands in June, made only a handful appearances for the Rovers in 2016, while was somewhat more of a regular throughout the campaign. Baird meanwhile netted five goals in 11 games.
Abrahim Yango, Massimo Murdocca, Spase Dilevski (Avondale FC)
Avondale’s season ended at the weekend with the side finishing 8th in NPL Victoria. Over the course of the season Massimo Murdocca and Abrahim Yango were ever-present with 21 appearances each, meanwhile Dilevski made just the four. In the weekends 1-1 draw with Richmond, Murdocca and Yango both started, with Murdocca playing 90 minutes while Yango was substituted midway through the second half. Dilevski wasn’t in the squad.
Griffin McMaster (Bulleen Lions)
Bulleen ended the season with a 2-0 win over Hume City, finishing in 11th position. McMaster finished the season having made 19 appearances over the season.
George Lambadaridis (Green Gully)
Green Gully finished the season in 5th position, and will play Oakleigh Cannons at the weekend. Gully’s regular season ended with a 4-2 loss away to South Melbourne at the weekend. Lambadaridis was a regular for the side in 2016, playing in 20 games and scoring three times.
Kofi Danning (Hume City)
This season saw Kofi make 17 appearances in 2016, scoring once although he hasn’t played since mid June. Hume will play South Melbourne in the finals this week. Hume finished the season in 6th position.
Julius Davies (Melbourne Knights)
Knights lost 2-1 to Pascoe Vale to conclude a disappointing season in 9th position. Davies made just the seven appearances for the Knights in 2016.
Carl Recchia (Pascoe Vale)
Vale’s season also ended at the weekend despite a 2-1 win which saw them finish in 7th. Carl wasn’t in the squad, although he did make 8 appearances in 2016.
NPL New South Wales
Jordan Simpson (Fraser Park)
Simpson had a stellar season for Fraser Park in the 2016 NPL 2 NSW with 5 goals from 13 appearances. The team however struggled to make an impact in the division, finishing 11th, and only escaping relegation by three points.
NPL South Australia
Rocky Visconte (Croydon Kings)
2016 has been a solid year for Visconte back in the SA NPL, where he scored eight goals in 21 games. In the end Croydon Kings finished the season in 8th place, well out of the finals race but also clear of relegation.
Free Agents Jerome Polenz, Diogo Ferreira, Adam Sarota.
At last report, three former Roar players remained free agents. The most recent is Polenz who was released by the Roar two weeks ago, while Diogo Ferreira and Adam Sarota were released by Perth Glory and Go Ahead Eagles respectively.
Tae-Yong Shin (Manager)
Since retiring from football after one game at the Roar, Shin has gone on to carve out an excellent managerial career for himself. Back in South Korea with Seongnam where he made his name, winning the Asian Champions League in 2010 with another ex Roar player in Sasa Ognenovski as his captain. Currently Shin acts in a duel role for the Korean Republic National Team as an Assistant Manager for the first team and boss of the U-23 side. Shin was apart of the coaching setup of the Korean Republic side which made the final of the 2015 Asian Cup.
Stuart Maclaren (Stirling Albion-Manager)
Ex Roar defender Stu Maclaren is just one of a host of former players embarking on a coaching career, and is still in charge of Stirling Albion in the Scottish League two. After three rounds, Stirling sit in 5th position, and picked up a 2-0 home win over the weekend.
Bob Malcolm (Clyde FC- Assistant Manager)
Also coaching in Scotland is Bob Malcolm, who is the assistant to his former Rangers teammate Barry Ferguson at fellow league two side Clyde. After three rounds Clyde sit in 7th position, with a 3-2 loss on the road to Annan Athletic at the weekend.
Damien Mori (Adelaide City)
Since retiring from the game following his brief stint at the Roar in 2007, Mori has been involved in management at Adelaide City. During his time there, Mori has won multiple titles for City and lead them to an upset win over Western Sydney in the 2014 FFA Cup. This season City have continued their wining form in the SA NPL, beating Campbelltown City by 4 points. Mori is also reportedly in the running to replace the sacked Tony Walmsley as the manager of Central Coast Mariners.
Chris Bush, Isaka Cernak, David Dodd, Ben Griffin, Chris Grossman, Matt Ham, Calum O’Connell, Milan Susak, Tim Smits, Patrick Theodore.
Searching databases like Transfermarket and Soccerway, in addition to a simple Google search didn’t bring up any results for these guys. If anyone knows where they’re playing, or if they are feel free to get in touch.
Chad Gibson, Pieter Collen, Steven Bryce, Marcinho, Charlie Miller, Danny Tiatto, Yuning Zhang, Simon Lynch, Osvaldo Carro, Andrew Packer, Sasa Ognenovski, Marcus Wedau, Remo Buess, Tom Willis, Hyuk-Su Seo, Reece Tollenaere, Tom Willis.
A number of players have retired from football since their stints with the Roar and while a vast majority’s whereabouts are unknown, some are known. Charlie Miller has an academy set up in his native Scotland, Chad Gibson runs a football related digital medal company called Local FC, while Andrew Packer retired just before his 30th Birthday to join the Australian Defence Force.
Tyler Simpson (2011).
Sadly, one of Brisbane’s former players has passed away, with the former defender passing away back in 2011. Simpson played four games for the Roar in the clubs first season in the A-League before making a move to Perth Glory making 15 appearances over two stints with the West Australian club. Condolences to the Simpson family.
Next week this recap will return to normal with the tables and the like, with the NPL Finals Series and the resumption of the remainder of Europe’s top leagues the highlight.