Official- Borrello joins 1.FC KaiserslauternPosted: May 27, 2017
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