Roar retain NPL Status for 2018 season

Brisbane Roar Youth have retained their place in NPL Queensland competition after Football Queensland announced the restructuring of the competition today.

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The 12 current NPL Queensland sides will all retain their status in the state’s top flight competition and be joined by two new teams, with Richlands based Lions FC and Central Queensland side Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United joining the newly expanded 14 team competition.

Lions FC are a name familiar to those who follow the game locally here in Brisbane and as the 2016 Champions of the Brisbane Premier League bring an additional power to the competitions Brisbane based clubs.

The competitions second new side Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United might be a long name but it’s an amalgamation of two strong clubs in the region, Mackay Crusaders and Magpies FC.

In addition to the NPL Queensland competition the successful applicants for the states new second division –Football Queensland Premier League- were also announced, with a plethora of Brisbane Premier League sides making the jump.

Easts, Holland Park Hawks, Ipswich Knights, Logan Lighting, Mitchelton, Peninsula Power, Rochedale Rovers, Souths United, Southside Eagles and Wolves FC all make the jump from either the Brisbane Premier League or Capital Leagues and will provide a strong capital city presence in the second tier.

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They’ll be joined by four new regional sides, with  Gold Coast Athletic, Gold Coast Galaxy, Sunshine Coast Wanderers and Wide Bay all joining the competition to provide a pathway in the game for players in their regions.

At the end of the season, two sides will be relegated from the NPL Queensland and replaced by two promoted teams from the Football Queensland Premier League.

Promotion and relegation is expected to be decided by results in the senior competition, as well as the u-20’s and u-18’s, with concessions given to the regional sides and the Young Roar in the initial seasons.

For Brisbane Roar the additional competition will provide a strong test for the clubs talented young players as they look to make their way from the youth ranks into the senior A-League squad.

In addition to competing in the National Youth League over the summer months, participation in the NPL Queensland provides the pathway for players to compete year round and improve upon their games

2018 NPL Queensland participating clubs
Brisbane City, Brisbane Olympic, Brisbane Roar Youth, Brisbane Strikers, Far North Queensland Heat, Gold Coast City, Lions FC, Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United, Moreton Bay United, Northern Fury, Redlands United, South West Queensland Thunder, Sunshine Coast FC, Western Pride. 2018

Football Queensland Premier League participating clubs
Easts, Gold Coast Athletic, Gold Coast Galaxy, Holland Park Hawks, Ipswich Knights, Logan Lightning, Mitchelton FC, Peninsula Power, Rochedale Rovers, Southside Eagles, Souths United, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, Wide Bay, Wolves FC.

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Official- Borrello joins 1.FC Kaiserslautern

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(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 

Another of Brisbane’s attacking band from last season has moved on, with Brandon Borrello following in the footsteps of Jamie Maclaren by making the move to 2.0 Bundesliga club 1.FC Kaiserslautern.

Borrello, 21, has been an ever-present for Brisbane Roar on the right hand side of the attack in the John Aloisi era having made 57 appearances over the past two seasons.

Brandon’s involvement in the first team however dates back to the 2013-14 season, when a then 18 year old Borrello made his A-League debut under Mike Mulvey in Round 4 against Melbourne Heart –who ironically were coached at the time by now Roar coach John Aloisi-.

Borrello is another player who emerged from the Young Roar set-up to go onto bigger and better things, following in the footsteps of Kwame Yeboah, Adam Sarota and Luke Brattan amongst others in working his way through from the youth team into the first team before earning a deal in Europe.

Borrello scored nine goals from 34 appearances in all competitions last time around, with five of those goals coming in the AFC Champions League.

Speaking to the clubs official website, Borrello outlined that he’s looking forward to settling in to his new surroundings as soon as possible.

“I am very happy to be part of such a big club as the FCK in the future. I already know that the club has a lot of tradition and very passionate fans. I look forward to getting to know the club, the people and the country. I would like to integrate as quickly as possible and will give everything on the pitch to make the fans proud. “

Kaiserslautern is of course a famous city in Australian Football with the Fritz Walter Stadion playing host to the Socceroos first ever win in the FIFA World Cup, with Brisbane coach John Aloisi on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win over Japan.

Kaiserslautern had a disappointing season this time around with the club narrowly avoiding relegation to the 3rd tier of German Football, eventually finishing in 13th place and just five points above the relegation zone.

Brandon departs Brisbane after scoring 20 goals from 90 appearances for the club, which places Borrello 16th on the all-time appearances leaderboard and ninth all time on goals scored. In the Champions League however, Borrello’s 7 goals sees him well clear at the top, with Brett Holman and Tommy Oar the closest currently active players on one goal apiece.

The departure of Borrello, which while was expected by most does leave a hole in the Brisbane attacking ranks, which new signing Fahid Ben Khalfallah will hope to in part fill. There are now 17 players signed up for next season, with three visa space still open for John Aloisi to strengthen his squad.

As we said yesterday, while there has been no official announcement surrounding the futures of Joe Caletti, Jacob Pepper and Avram Papadopoulos, it’s expected the trio will re-sign.

Brisbane Roar squad as at 27/05/2017
Goalkeepers– Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles.
Midfielders- Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Tommy Oar, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Nicholas D’Agostino.

Out of contract- Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper

 


Brisbane sign Fahid Ben Khalfallah on one year contract

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Brisbane Roar have made their first signing of the off-season, adding former Melbourne Victory winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah on a one year deal.

Ben Khalfallah, 35, arrives in Brisbane after three seasons in the Victorian capital where he scored 12 goals and had 15 assists from 76 appearances and will be tasked with helping to fill the void left by the departure of Thomas Broich amongst others.

Prior to his time in the A-League at the Victory, Ben Khalfallah spent 13 seasons playing in France, most notably with Bordeaux where he played 76 times from 2010-14.

In a chat with Brisbane Football Review, Ben Khalfallah admitted that the chance to play for Brisbane boss John Aloisi played a big part in his decision to join the Roar.

“When John called me it was very easy so I said yes straight away because I know him and have a good relationship with him”. “Brisbane is one of the biggest clubs with Championships in the A-League and I wanted to be in a good team to be in position to win the Championship this year so it was an easy choice”.

You can listen to our interview with Fahid on both AudioBoom and Itunes.

In the clubs email release this afternoon, John Aloisi talked up both the experience and versatility of his first off-season signing.

“Fahid’s experience and versatility will strengthen our already talented squad.” “His ability to play out wide or in the middle of our attack gives us greater unpredictability and creativity that will excite our fans.”

The addition of Fahid takes Brisbane’s 2017-18 squad to 18 players, with both marquee places  filled and now two of the five allowed visa spaces filled.

While the futures of defender Avram Papadopoulos and midfield duo Joe Caletti and Jacob Pepper hasn’t been officially announced, their absence from the list of players released indicated they will be part of the first team squad once again next season.

On paper there appears to still be needs in the front third, particularly in terms of a striker to replace Jamie Maclaren, possibly another attacking midfielder too.

Brisbane Roar squad as a 26/5/2017
Goalkeepers–
Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles.
Midfielders- Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Tommy Oar, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Nicholas D’Agostino.

Out of contract- Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper.


2016-17 Season Review Part 1- Competition recap

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. In part one we’ll start by taking a look at how Brisbane’s season panned out across the various competitions.

August
Brisbane 0-2 Perth (FFA Cup)

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Brisbane’s cup run ended early once again (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane’s 2016-17 season began amongst clouds of uncertainty regarding the clubs ownership as the Roar hosted their first ever game in the FFA Cup against Perth. With just a handful of pre-season tune-up games prior to the Cup clash, Brisbane were looking to go beyond the round of 32 after falling at that stage a year ago against Western Sydney.

Two Dino Djulbic headers from corners in the first 20 minutes however put paid to that plan with the visitors going on to launch their own Cup campaign, while for Brisbane it would prove to be their last competitive game ahead of the season with questions about both the on field and off-field prospects at the forefront of peoples minds.
October
7th– Brisbane 1-1 Melb. Victory
16th– Newcastle 4-0 Brisbane
22nd– Central Coast 0-1 Brisbane
30th– Brisbane 2-1 Perth

The A-League season began on a cool October night at Suncorp Stadium against Melbourne Victory and after a slow start it was more last minute heroics following on the finals series from the season prior, with Luke DeVere scoring a 96th minute equaliser to earn Brisbane a point after Victory winger Mitch Austin opened the scoring midway through the second half.

Week 2 of the season saw Brisbane make their first trip away from home for the season, and much like the year before it was another day to forget with a comprehensive 4-0 loss away from home against Newcastle, with the Roar’s defensive issues away from Suncorp under John Aloisi appearing once again. In a positive sign however, this would prove to be Brisbane’s biggest loss of the League season, and their last away from home until December.

The month was rounded out with back to back wins against Central Coast and Perth Glory, with a Thomas Kristensen goal enough to give Brisbane a first win of the season in Gosford before attacking duo Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello opened their accounts in a 2-1 win at home against the Glory.

November
4th– Brisbane 1-1 Melb. City
11th– Adelaide 1-1 Brisbane
19th– Brisbane 1-1 Sydney
25th– West Sydney 1-1 Brisbane

November started with Tim Cahill making the trip to Brisbane on a Friday night although the long time Socceroos striker was upstaged by his new National Team teammate, with Jamie Maclaren celebrating his call-up with the only goal of the game. The following week on the road saw Brisbane’s unbeaten run extend to four games after off-season signing Brett Holman opening his goal scoring account for the club, with key off-season addition Sergi Guardiola equalising for Adelaide.

Brisbane then returned home for the first clash of the season against Sydney FC and it was the visitors who had the better of the first half, with a combination of a Josh Brillante long range strike in addition to poor passing in the defensive third from the Roar helping the Sky Blues take the lead. A goal from Thomas Kristensen just before halftime levelled the scores before the second half turned into an end to end thriller which both sides could have profited from.

The month ended with an away trip to Western Sydney amid speculation that Jamie Maclaren either had , or would sign with the Wanderers and it was Brisbane’s #9 who opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being brought down by Jerrad Tyson. Jumpei Kusukami wound up equalising for the home side midway through the second half, making it four straight 1-1 draws in the month of November.

December
3rd– Melb. City 1-1 Brisbane 11th– Brisbane 4-0 Adelaide
18th– Central Coast 1-2 Brisbane
23rd– Brisbane 1-1 West Sydney
30th– Sydney 2-0 Brisbane

December started in controversy at AAMI Park in Melbourne, with Jade North going down softly in the build-up to City’s equaliser from Nicholas Colazo, after Jamie Maclaren opened the scoring for the visitors. Next up was Adelaide at home which meant a return to Suncorp Stadium for Brazilian-Australian Henrique, who was making his first trip back to Brisbane as an opposition player. It would prove a day to forget for Henrique however as Brisbane ran riot in a 4-0 win, the fourth of which came from the penalty spot after Henrique was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Thomas Kristensen’s brace in this game took his seasonal tally to four goals from six shots, not bad for a defensive midfielder.

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(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane then made it nine games unbeaten with a second win of the season in Gosford against Central Coast Mariners, with Dimitri Petratos and Jamie Maclaren getting on the scoresheet. The pre-Christmas fixture saw Brisbane host the Wanderers and it was a night for spectacular goals as Corey Brown surged forward from left back to score on the half volley, before Dimas Delgado equalised from a free kick on the corner of the 18 yard box.

The final game of 2016 saw the league’s two most in form sides meet in Sydney with unbeaten Sydney FC playing host to the Roar, who had quietly gone about building their own 10 game unbeaten run. Goals from Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic snapped that run however, with Brisbane unable to get back into the game despite Brosque’s sending off early in the second half.

January
7th- Brisbane 2-3 Newcastle
13th– Melb. Victory 3-2 Brisbane
21st– Wellington 0-1 Brisbane
28th– Brisbane 2-1 West Sydney
31st– Brisbane 6-0 Global FC (ACL)

2017 began with another defeat after Newcastle Jets made the trip to Suncorp and continued their own excellent record here in Brisbane, picking up a 3-2 win thanks to an 84th minute winner from Morten Nordstrand. Brisbane then took their two game losing streak to Melbourne and left both Jamie Maclaren and Thomas Broich on the bench against the Victory, a game which was eerily similar to 12 months prior as the home side raced to a 3-0 lead after 27 minutes.

Unlike January 2016 however, Brisbane launched something of a fight back with a stunning free-kick  from Dimitri Petratos and an own goal from ex Roar defender James Donachie bringing the score line back to 3-2 by half-time. While there were no additional goals, there was a red card issued to Besart Berisha for striking the face of Luke Devere, a card which was ultimately overturned on appeal. It was also of no use to Brisbane, who once again failed to capitalise on a man advantage for a significant period of time.

With the losing streak now at three games, Brisbane made the trip across the Tasman to take on a Wellington side which had found some form under new coaching duo Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre. In what was an edgy and nervy game, a late goal from Jamie Maclaren was enough to win the game and end the unbeaten run. The final league game of January saw Brisbane pick up another customary late home winner, with Brett Holman’s stoppage time winner on return from injury enough to take the points from the Wanderers.

January concluded with Brisbane’s first incursion into the AFC Champions League for the campaign and although it was considered a formality, Brisbane did pick up the win over Filipino Champions Global FC, with Brandon Borrello scoring four goals in a 6-0 rout. The night is most fondly remembered for debuts to Dane Ingham and Joe Caletti, however sterner tests lay ahead on the continent in order to progress to the Group Stage.

February
3rd– Brisbane 1-1 Sydney
8th– Shanghai 0-2 Brisbane (ACL)
11th– Melb. City 2-2 Brisbane
18th– Perth 2-2 Brisbane
21st Brisbane 0-0 Muanthong (ACL)
26th– Brisbane 1-2 Wellington
28th– Ulsan 6-0 Brisbane (ACL)

February started with the third league clash of the season against Sydney FC, and the game was another thrilling encounter. While there were no goals, there was no shortage of goalmouth action, with goalkeepers Michael Theo and Danny Vukovic the best players on the park.

Attention then turned to an ACL playoff away to mega rich Shanghai Shenhua featuring Carlos Tevez and Obafemi Martins, with a group stage place on offer for the winner. Despite being considered outsiders for the encounter, it was a famous win for Brisbane Roar with wingers Brandon Borrello and Tommy Oar doing the damage in the first half to secure a Group Stage birth for the third time.

With a group stage berth secured, it was back to A-League action as Brisbane fielded rotated sides in away games against both Melbourne City and Perth, with 2-2 draws in both ensuring John Aloisi’ side maintain a top four place ahead of their busy upcoming schedule.

An ACL injury to Daniel Bowles in the dying minutes of the clash against City ended his season prematurely, with Australian born Greek international Avram Papadopoulos drafted in as an injury replacement. A-League action for the month ended with a shock loss at home to Wellington Phoenix , with a lethargic Brisbane punished by a very good Nix performance.

The month however concluded with the start of the ACL Group Stage campaign, which saw Brisbane and Muanthong United play out a 0-0 draw with plenty of chances for both sides. A week later Brisbane made the trip to 2012 Champion Ulsan Hyundai and the South Korean side –who also progressed to the Group Stage via the playoffs-, taught Brisbane a footballing lesson, handing out a 6-0 thumping to John Aloisi’ side.

March
3rd– Newcastle 1-3 Brisbane
14th– Kashima 3-0 Brisbane (ACL)
19th– Adelaide 2-1 Brisbane
25th– Brisbane 1-0 Melb. Victory

March began in the Hunter and it was a much better trip this time around for Brisbane with two goals from Jamie Maclaren and a first senior goal for Nicholas D’Agostino enough to pick up the win after Jets full-back Jason Hoffman was dismissed for two silly yellow card offences barely 60 seconds apart.

After a much needed break due to the A-League split round Brisbane returned to action in the Champions League away to 2016 Club World Cup finalists Kashima Antlers, with the result not much better than the last time away in Asia as the Japanese Champions ran out 3-0 winners.

The following weekend in Adelaide turned into a dramatic one with scores tied in injury time before Michael Theo was judged to have elbowed Reds defender Dylan McGowan. With Brisbane having used all three subs it was left to Thomas Kristensen to don the gloves and try to keep out Sergio Cirio’s spot kick. Kristensen’ efforts were in vein as the home side picked up a rare win in their spluttering title defence, but that wasn’t the end of the drama as Brisbane assistant Ross Aloisi picked up a four game touchline for an incident in the players tunnel with an Adelaide assistant.

March ended with a home clash against a depleted Melbourne Victory who needed the three points to keep their faint Premiership hopes alive, although those hopes were wiped out by a Jamie Maclaren lob as Brisbane’s #9 started to find his goal scoring form once again.

April
2nd– Brisbane 5-1 Central Coast
8th– Perth 3-1 Brisbane
12th– Brisbane 2-1 Kashima (ACL)
16th– Brisbane 4-3 Wellington
21st– Brisbane 1-1 (4-3) West Sydney 26th– Muanthong 3-0 Brisbane (ACL)
30th– Melb. Victory 1-0 Brisbane

April started with a home game against Central Coast which started out in a dull fashion but exploded into live in the second half after the Mariners took the lead. Jamie Maclaren scored the second fastest hat-trick in club history with three goals in eight minutes, before Thomas Broich and Nick D’Agostino rounded out the scoring.

With 3rd spot all but secured for a second straight season heading into the last two weeks of the regular season, John Aloisi took a weakened side to Perth and fielded another rotated side against Wellington in the regular season finale, with a 4-3 win over Wellington enough to absolutely guarantee a third place finish.

All of that rotation was with Matchday 4 of the Champions League in mind, and with Brisbane desperately needing all three points to keep their hopes of progression alive, goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brett Holman were enough to give the Roar their first win at home in the Champions League proper, at the 8th attempt.

The A-League finals began with an Elimination Final at home against Western Sydney and it just wouldn’t be Brisbane Roar if they didn’t have to come from a goal behind. Terry Antonis scored from the spot right on half time to give the Wanderers the lead going into the break, before Brandon Borrello’s shot cannoned back off the post to the onrushing Jamie Maclaren to equalise. That was the end of the scoring and so after an injury to Michael Theo which saw Jamie Young replace him in goals for the Roar, and a red card for Wanderers sub Jaushua Sotirio, the game went to penalties.

In that penalty shootout there were 11 excellent penalties from players on both side before Jamie Young emerged as the hero for the Roar, saving Jumpei Kusukami’ penalty to send Brisbane to the Semi-Finals against Melbourne the following week.

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Young was the hero in the penalty shooutout (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Before that however was the not so small matter of Matchday 5 in the ACL, which saw Brisbane field essentially a youth team in their quest for the win which would keep their hopes alive. While that win was ultimately not forthcoming, it was a solid performance on the road by a number of Brisbane’s talented youngsters against a side packed full of Thai internationals. Making matters worse for the Roar was a nasty injury sustained by Jamie Young as he ripped skin off his arm on a rusty goalpost, which put his involvement in the Semi-Final in doubt.

Young would ultimately start that Semi-Final down in Melbourne and while he made his mark with some good saves it was to no avail as a fresh and energised Victory side ran Brisbane off the park, with Besart Berisha scoring the only goal of the game with 20 minutes remaining to send Victory to their fifth Grand Final.

May
10th Brisbane 2-3 Ulsan (ACL)

Brisbane’s season came to a close in May in the days following the A-League Grand Final and with Thomas Broich denied a playing farewell at Suncorp Stadium due to an ankle injury. With nothing riding on the game for either side, both Brisbane and Ulsan turned on attacking intent, with Jamie Maclaren signing off from two stellar years in Brisbane with a brace. It wasn’t enough however as the South Korean visitors took the points to secure third place in Group E.

While there were plenty of success stories along the way throughout the 2016-17 season it was another season of close, but not close enough for John Aloisi side who fell at the same stage in both the A-League and the FFA Cup for a second straight season. The addition of Champions League football added an extra level of difficulty this time around brought an additional challenge and also some great moments, and with another third placed finish there’s the chance to compete in Asia once again next year. With a bit of luck, and some solid recruitment, hopefully John Aloisi and the playing group will handle things as well next year, with some silverware thrown into the mix.


Official- Maclaren joins SV Darmstadt

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Maclaren and new manager Torsten Frings (Photo- Darmstadt)

Jamie Maclaren has made a decision on his playing future after agreeing to join German club SV Darmstadt.

After being linked to over 80 clubs according to his agent, Maclaren has signed a three year deal with Darmstadt, who finished bottom of the German Bundesliga this season.

Maclaren, who scored 23 goals this season, has cemented his reputation as the best Australian striker in the A-League and has now moved on to try and establish himself in both Europe and the national side ahead of the World Cup next year.

Maclaren had clubs in England, Netherlands, Belgium and Asia all looking to secure his services, however Maclaren despite more lucrative offers Maclaren has opted for a club where there’s a greater chance for regular first team football.

Speaking to his new clubs official website, Jamie outlined that playing for the former German international was a big factor in his decision.

“I am delighted to be part of this proud club, and I would like to get to know my new teammates as soon as possible. I am really looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates for pre-season and am very excited by the new challenge that I will face playing in Germany. Torsten Frings has been a huge factor in my decision as a highly decorated player for Germany and a very talented coach who has similar ambitions to my own.”

“I hope to continue to develop and progress my career and I am confident of doing so with Torsten and Darmstadt.”

Jamie Maclaren could be joined in the German second division by attacking teammate Brandon Borrello, who has been strongly linked with Kaiserslautern. For now though he will be joined in the 2.Bundesliga by fellow Australians Mitch Langerak, Matthew Leckie and Jake Brimmer.

Brisbane’s #9 departs after scoring 43 goals in 61 appearances for the club, placing Jamie second on the all time goalscoring charts behind just Besart Berisha. Best of luck Jamie.


Arana headlines Roar departures

Brisbane Roar have released four players as John Aloisi reshapes his squad ahead of the new season. Spanish midfielder Manuel Arana heads the list, along with fellow midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos, defender Cameron Crestani and striker Joey Katebian.

Arana, 32, arrived late in the pre-season from Spanish club Mallorca and took time getting up to speed here in the A-League. All up just two goals from 23 appearances wasn’t enough to force his way into the starting line-up,

Young midfielder Konstandopoulos played only a bit part role in the side for Brisbane this season, with his only start coming on Matchday five of the AFC Champions League against Muanthong United. All up the former Adelaide midfielder made four appearances over the season.

Katebian, 21, only played a bit part role in the first team this season with just the two starts, both of which came in the Champions League. Injuries, and the emergence of Nicholas D’Agostino made it difficult for the former Melbourne man to make his mark.

Youth team captain Cameron Crestani was elevated to the senior squad after another stellar season for the Young Roar and made six appearances for Brisbane, including playing an important role in the backline for much of the Champions League campaign.

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Crestani finally made the breakthrough from the youth team this season. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Joining the quartet in departing the Roar are star striker Jamie Maclaren who officially informed the Roar of his decision yesterday, and fan favourite Thomas Broich who announced his intention to move on back in the lead-up to the Elimination Final against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Maclaren, 23, departs Brisbane after two stellar years upfront where he became the first ever Australian striker to score 20 or more goals in two straight A-League seasons. That form has seen Maclaren become a hot property on the transfer market, with clubs in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands all vying for his signature. All up Jamie scored 43 goals in 61 appearances, which ranks second behind only Besart Berisha – 49 goals from 83 appearances- on Brisbane’s all-time goal scoring charts.

Broich, 36, arrived in Brisbane after falling out of love with the game in his native Germany and quickly became a key cog in Ange Postecoglou’s Roar Revolution, with Brisbane going on to win the double in his first season. All up in his seven year stay with Brisbane Roar, Broich made 203 appearances for the club –second most- and scored 21 goals –eighth most- in club history.

Add in the personal accolades which include being the only two time winner of the Johnny Warren medal as the League’s best player, a Joe Marston medallist in the 2014 Grand Final and the only player to win the Gary Wilkins medal for Brisbane’s player of the year on three occasions. Not to mention he was honoured as the first inductee to the clubs Hall of Fame over the weekend at the awards night.

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(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

With the departure of Arana, Katebian, Crestani, Broich, Maclaren and Konstandopoulos, Brisbane’s squad currently sits at sixteen players signed up for next season, with two marquee players –Tommy Oar and Brett Holman- and one visa player –Thomas Kristensen. Midfield duo Jacob Pepper and Joe Caletti, in addition to defender Avram Papadopoulos are as yet uncontracted for next season, however their exclusion from this list indicates it’s likely the trio will be part of the squad for 2017-18.

Brisbane Roar squad for 2017-18 as at 17/05/2017.
Goalkeepers
– Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles.
Midfielders- Shannon Brady, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Tommy Oar, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Nicholas D’Agostino.

Unknown- Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper.
Released- Manuel Arana, Thomas Broich, Cameron Crestani, Joey Katebian, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Jamie Maclaren.

Manuel Arana
Player Number-
121
Debut- Round 5, 2016-17 (Melb. City-H)
Games- 11 (12)
Goals– 2

Nathan Konstandopoulos
Player Number
– 117
Debut- 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 (Perth Glory- H)
Games- 1 (3)
Goals- 0

Cameron Crestani
Player Number– 124
Debut- Round 20, 2016-17 (Perth Glory- A)
Games- 5 (1)
Goals– 0

Joey Katebian
Player Number- 120
Debut- Round 3, 2016-17 (Central Coast- A)
Games- 2 (4)
Goals- 0

Jamie Maclaren
Player Number- 112
Debut- 2015 FFA Cup Round of 32 (Western Sydney- A)
Games- 57 (4)
Goals- 43
Honours- 2x A-League Young Player of the Year, A-League Golden Boot (2016-17), 2x Brisbane Roar Golden Boot winner

Thomas Broich
Player Number-
69
Debut- Round 1, 2010-11 (Gold Coast-A)
Games- 192 (11)
Goals- 21
Honours- 3x A-League Champion, 2x A-League Premier, 2x Johnny Warren Medallist, 1x Joe Marston Medallist, 3x Gary Wilkins Medallist, Brisbane Roar hall of famer.

Best of luck to Manuel, Nathan, Cameron, Joey, Jamie and Thomas on their future endeavours.


Theo stays as Katebian, Maclaren, Broich depart.

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(Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images AsiaPac)

According to Marco Monteverde Michael Theo will extend his stay in Brisbane to an eighth season after signing a contract extension through the end of the 2017-18 season.

All up Theo has made 166 appearances in all competitions for Brisbane since arriving back in 2010 which sees him rank behind only Matt McKay and Thomas Broich on the all time appearances tally.

This season has seen Theo overcome the injury issues which have seen him spend time on the sidelines, making 26 appearances in all competitions.

The season however ended with Theo on the sidelines with a knee injury after a collision with Brendon Santalab after making a point blank save which kept Brisbane level with Western Sydney in the Elimination Final.

With Theo now officially re-signed Brisbane will retain the same goalkeeping duo for the third fourth successive season, with Jamie Young also contracted until the end of the 2017-18 season. The signing also takes Brisbane’s 2017-18 squad to 16 players, with both marquee spaces taken and four of the five visa spaces open.

While Theo has re-signed, Marco also confirmed that Jamie Maclaren and Thomas Broich would be departing the Roar after this weeks ACL game with Ulsan, while a decision on the future of Manuel Arana would wait until after his post-season surgery.

Also heading for the exit door is striker Joey Katebian, who announced his departure at the weekend via his Instagram account. Katebian made just the six appearances for Brisbane since joining from Melbourne Victory, with both of his starts coming in the AFC Champions League.

Meanwhile Jacob Pepper, Avram Papadopoulos and Joe Caletti are likely to remain in Brisbane next season according to Monteverde.

Brisbane squad for 2017-18 as of 08/05/2017
Goalkeepers- Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles,
Midfielders- Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Matt McKay, Tommy Oar.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Shannon Brady, Nicholas D’Agostino.