Tommy Oar set for Cyprus movePosted: June 19, 2017
Tommy Oar could be set to depart Brisbane Roar for the second time with a bid from Cypriot club APOEL FC having been accepted by the Roar.
Oar is believed to be on his way to Europe to undergo a medical and complete the transfer, although reports tonight suggest that the deal is more incentive based as opposed to APOEL simply meeting his release clause.
APOEL won their 26th Cypriot First Division title last season, finishing four points clear of AEK Larnaca, continuing their domination with their fifth straight championship.
It was in Europe however where APOEL made their biggest impression last season, falling just short of making the Group Stage of the Champions League before falling into the Europa League where they went on a run through to the last 16.
Oar, 25, has seen been something of a mixed bag since his return to Brisbane in February 2016 after five years in Europe with FC Utrecht and Ipswich Town.
In 35 appearances over the past season and a bit, Oar contributed two goals and six assists as he fought for playing time in the wide attacking positions with Brandon Borrello and Thomas Broich.
On the whole however Oar failed to deliver what was expected of him last year and with his elevation to a marquee contract this season in the final year of his two and half year contract the move makes sense.
With the marquee spot opened up Brisbane now have the ability to go out and replace some of their attacking losses with a big name recruit, while for Tommy it’s a chance to return to Europe ahead of a big season with the potential for a second World Cup appearance still a chance.
For Brisbane, this move provided it goes through further diminishes their attacking talent, with the likes of Jamie Maclaren, Brandon Borrello, Thomas Broich, Joey Katebian and Manuel Arana all joining Tommy Oar as attackers moving on this off-season.
Add in Dimitri Petratos who left in January and that’s seven attacking players who have moved on since January, with only former Melbourne Victory winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah heading in the other direction.
Ben Khalfallah joins Shannon Brady, Nicholas D’Agostino and Brett Holman as the only attackers on the Brisbane roster currently. Lots of holes to fill before the season starts, but plenty of cap space, visa spots and now a marquee spot available to help fill them.
Currently Brisbane have 15 players contracted for next season, with one marquee spot and three spots available to strengthen the squad. That number doesn’t include Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos and Jacob Pepper however, with the trio expected to be back next season although there has been no official announcement over their futures.
Brisbane Roar squad as at 19/06/2017
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, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Nicholas D’Agostino.
TBC- Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper.